The Lord has done so many things in my life to prove that he is the Lord, God Almighty. Why should he need to keep proving himself if I chose to disbelieve? Maybe you’ve been there lately, where you’ve been asking God to prove himself. We’ve all been there. But as I think back on even the last year, he has proven himself time and again not only that he is active in my life, not only that he’s guiding me and whispering to my heart, but that he is God Almighty.
As I read this passage below, I quickly realize my own failings and how easily I turn my back on God and blame him for the trials I am going through.
10 As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, 11 and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? 12 Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”
13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:10-14 NLT
Don’t be afraid. Watch the Lord rescue you. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. How many times have I turned on God at the first sign of trouble? God had a plan for the Israelites. God has a plan for us! All he needed was for the Isrealites to trust him, like a child trusts a father. Hadn’t God already proven who he was with the plagues alone? How could they witness that and still despair? How can I?
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:25-34 NLT
The best thing I can do is to cultivate a heart of trust and dependence on the Lord. He has proven himself trustworthy time and again. And the biggest thing that gets in the way of his provision is my own stubborn heart and my own disbelief. I need to remember what he’s done and honor him by trusting wholeheartedly in him.
Lord, help us. Help us to seek you first through all things in life. Help us to know your voice and to stand firm on your promises. Give us a child-like faith.