How soon we forget

Psalm 105.5

Exodus 14:5-12
When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!”  So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 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? 12 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!””

You would think that the last thing Pharaoh would want after 10 plagues with the last one bringing the death of his firstborn son, the firstborn sons of his officials, and the firstborn sons of his people, would be another judgment of the Lord! What could be worse? You would think he would not want any further trouble and disaster. But no, his hard heart rolls further downward and I can imagine him changing his mind and having a fit about the Israelites being gone. Afterall, who is going to do all that work? He gathers 600 of his best chariots and other chariots, horsemen and troops to go after them to bring them back.

Can you imagine as well what 600+ chariots, horsemen and troops could do to these defenseless people who left Egypt on foot without one chariot?

And then there is the Israelites who should know full well about all the plagues and how God spared them and their firstborn sons. They should know how they did not lift a finger but by God’s might and power they left Egypt after plundering the Egyptians. Surely, the Israelites should remember that God shared His plan and purpose with them and told them to expect Pharaoh. But no, in spite of all this, they panic and accuse Moses of forcing them to leave Egypt against their will to be brought to the desert to die. It would have been better to serve the Egyptians than die in the desert. It is as though they have forgotten the wonders, miracles, rulings, and promises of God.

How soon we forget the love, grace, mercy, power, protection, defense, kindness, supply…wonders and miracles of the Lord! I read Exodus 14 and am reminded of Psalm 103. We should never forget for He is worthy of all our praise, honor, and trust!

Let all that I am praise the Lord
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

The Lord gives righteousness
    and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

He revealed his character to Moses
    and his deeds to the people of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us,
    nor remain angry forever.
10 He does not punish us for all our sins;
    he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
    is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
    as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
    tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
    he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
    like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
    as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
    with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18     of those who are faithful to his covenant,
    of those who obey his commandments!

19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
    from there he rules over everything.

20 Praise the Lord, you angels,
    you mighty ones who carry out his plans,
    listening for each of his commands.
21 Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels
    who serve him and do his will!
22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
    everything in all his kingdom.

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

Dont panic

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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