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Each new trial I face proves my faith (James 1:3)—that is how much I am trusting the Lord, or leaning on my own understanding. I always can tell how much faith I have, by my reactions to the trials as they come up. If upon hearing bad news, my heart melted with anxious thoughts (Joshua 2:11) that is a red flag to me that I don't know God as well as I thought I did. Because if I knew God as well as i thought, my heart would be resting in God, trusting Him (Jer.17:7-8) even possibly counting it all joy (James 1:2) because I know God’s deliverance is certain; it's just a matter of time.(Psalm 34:19)
If interruptions in my week were met with a gut response to complain (Numbers 11:4-5) or to trust the Lord and experience the peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7) because I know God is working even this situation to good? (Romans 8:28)
When the Israelites were met by Pharaoh’s men and cornered by the Red Sea, we see a stark contrast between those who respond to trials with fear—their mind flooded with anxious thoughts and those who respond by faith-- fully trusting the Lord to bring about deliverance. After experiencing the ten plagues in Egypt, Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go. However, Pharaoh quickly changes his mind and charges after the Israelites at the Red Sea shoreline. Feeling like they are backed into a corner by Pharaoh’s army, look how the Israelites responded to this testing of their faith:
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" (Exodus 14:10-12)Now look at the unshakable faith of Moses:
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:13-14)Whatever we are facing today, big or small, we can meet each trial with unshakable faith, never fearing, because we will see the deliverance of the Lord. He will fight for us. We need only to be still. (Exodus 14:13-14) These are precious promises we can cling to.
God will still deliver us even if we fear, because He is faithful, even if we remain faithless. (2 Timothy 2:13) However, if we meet our trials with unshakable faith, as Moses did, we will not only be delivered as God promised, but our faith will bring glory to God and inspire others to trust in Him too. If we are going to go through a trial, how much better will that experience have been if we didn’t waste an opportunity, by giving ourselves over to anxious thoughts, but, instead, putting our full confidence in God to bring about a deliverance so that by our faith we bring God glory and impact the lives of others to trust in Him also. How we choose to respond to our next trial is up to us.
Question for you: Do you find it easier to stand firm, in discouraging circumstances, when you know you will see the deliverance of the Lord? (Psalm 34:17, 19)
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