Difficult news

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    God had brought Israel out of Egyptian captivity. He had done so with a great demonstration of his power in the form of the plagues which destroyed Egypt. Now they are backed up to the Red Sea with the Egyptian armies bearing down on them. The people’s reactions are interesting notice the verses below.

    Exodus 14:10-12 says, “And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
    [11] And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
    [12] Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

    First reaction: fear. They had nothing to be afraid of with God on their side.

    Second reaction: they blame the spokesman for God. The accuse Moses of leading them to the wilderness to die instead of dying in Egypt.

    Third reaction: “they decided that they would rather be slaves in Egypt than to go through the work it took to leave Egypt.

    When we face difficult times sometimes we have these same reactions. We are afraid, we blame others, we feel like we would have been better off without God. Yet the reality is God will provide deliverance when we trust Him.

  • I shall trust in God for all of my days.