Trusting God When We Are Afraid

000_6910RetouchAs pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were Egyptians marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord: “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? “

Moses tells the people to stand firm; that all they need to do is be still and the Lord will fight for them.

In this famous story where Moses leads the Israelites out of captivity we constantly see the dichotomy between the great faith demonstrated by Moses and the complete lack of trust exhibited by the Israelites.

Why is it that Moses is so sure God will deliver them when no one else is? The fact that God told Moses He would deliver them definitely helps, but let’s consider the possibility that perhaps Moses is the only one out of all the Israelites who really does trust God.

How many of us say we trust God but then we moan, complain and cry out to Him in frustration when the going gets tough, all too confident He’s left us or is trying to punish us?

Moses seems to be the exception when it comes to human behavior while the Israelites conduct seems to be the rule.

In the ‘Faith and Trust’ meditation from the Recovery Devotional Bible Melinda Fish writes:

“No matter how weak or strong a person is, the object of his trust will determine whether he will make it through rough times.”

It is the object of Moses’ faith that sets him apart from everyone else and makes him a victorious leader; the same Moses who also had to overcome a tremendous amount of fear.

Make today the day you decide to be the exception and not the rule. Don’t let fear determine your decisions.

Jodie Stevens

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