Cries in the Desert

Jesus saved the Israelites from their enemies at the Red Sea to make His power known. The Israelites believed God’s promises and sang praises to Him after their enemies were killed. Psalm 106:13-14 NIV says, “But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test.” Psalm 106:43-44 NIV tells us, “Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;” 

We readily praise God after He redeems us from a bad situation or answers a prayer we’ve been praying for years. Months after the miraculous things happen, though, do we forget the good things God did for us? Are we trying to make things happen on our own rather than waiting for His plan to unfold?

The desert is a dry place where fruit and beauty barely exists. There is a longing for water in a desert.

When we are in a desert, do we give in to our cravings? Like the Israelites, we have all wandered away from God’s truth, forgot His goodness, and got tired of waiting for His plan to unfold.

When God parted the Red Sea, He knew each path the Israelites would take after that day. As the people praised Him, God knew they would quickly forget what He had done for them.

God knew in advance the hurt and rejection people would cause Him, but that didn’t change the way He treated or loved them.

Our Father is more patient, forgiving, and caring than any of us ever could be.

No matter how far away we may feel from God, He hears us when we cry out to Him.

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