2017-12-17 - Trust and Obey for There Is NO Other Way
Exodus 5:1-6:12 Introduction
Next, we look at the issue of trust. God’s word is to be trusted because He said it. We often describe faith as: “God said it. I believe it.” But God is well aware that we need to be encouraged in our faith. He provides reassurance, because we struggle with believing.
We will see this is often the case for the Israelites.
Most of us have history with God to encourage our faith. Joseph Parker explains it this way:
How to Enrich Life
“The way to enrich life is to keep a retentive memory in the heart. Look over a period of twenty years, and see the all-covering and ever-shining mercy of God! How many special providences have you ob- served? How many narrow escapes have you experienced? How many difficulties have you surmount- ed? How often have you found a pool in unexpected places? We should lay up some memory of the Divine triumphs which have gladdened our lives, and fall back upon it for inspiration and courage in the dark and cloudy day. Go into your yesterdays to find God! Search for Him in the paths along which you have come, and, if you dare, under the teaching of your own memories, deny His goodness, then betake yourselves to the infamous luxury of distrust and reproach.” 1
The problem for the Israelites was not much history in their own lives. And so when things don’t go as they expect, they begin to doubt. But then again, we never do that, do we?
The Return of Moses
- Moses & Pharaoh – The First Time
- Pharaoh’s Response to Moses
- God’s Response to Moses
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. ~ Psalm 69:13
- Hanford, editor, Thomas W. 2010 Popular Quotation, The Master Christian Library, AGES Software, Albany, OR, Version 8.0 © 2000.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
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