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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Be Aware, Then Trust

And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. (‭Exodus‬ ‭14‬:‭31‬ NIV)


This is how we should respond when the LORD shows up in our life.

No, we will never see the LORD split the waters for us to pass through. But we in Christ do see his mighty hand at work all around us. (if we're looking)

Sure, it's often much more subtle than the parting of the Red Sea--but not less real. Harder to believe--maybe. But believable nevertheless.

How do we respond though. When God does answer a prayer are we in awe or cavalier? Amazed or bored?

The Israelites were a tough group of people. They were skeptical, cynical and hard-hearted. They were ready to kill Moses and run back to slavery in Egypt whenever things got tough. They were not easy to win over.

But here we see they have a moment of sanity--of, well, faith. They are still blinking their eyes over the sight of the Red Sea washing back into place over the heads of the Egyptian army. The whole army.

Israel narrowly escaped Egypt. Every man, woman and child. Every animal. Safe. Free. So in this brief moment, with their defenses down, they react. Almost reflexively. And scripture says,

"The people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant."

This is the proper response to power exercised mercifully on your behalf. This is how we should respond to the LORD daily.

A few observations...

They responded to God's power over their powerful (so it seemed) enemies.

They responded to God's mercy...

HE saved them.
He SAVED them.
He saved THEM.

Their response was fear...

Awe.
Respect.
Gratitude.
Fear. (yes, real fear)
Trust.

They responded appropriately.

Their faith in God and his ambassador (Moses) followed. It's what he wants from each of us.

He works in our lives to get us to where we simply live trusting him every step of the way.

Trusting him in our job.
Trusting him in our family.
Trusting him with our future.
Trusting him with our life. Our death. Our eternity.
Trusting him as he works through his imperfect leaders.
Trusting him through difficult and painful circumstances.
Trusting him when it feels like he's abandoned us.


Takeaways...

1. Be aware of God working in, around and through us. Pause when he does. Give yourself time and space to respond appropriately.

2. Trust God and his leaders...his "servants".


What is God saying to you right now?

What are you going to do about it?