How Soon We Forget

Has God ever come through for you in a big way? Or even a little way, depending how you gauge such things. When He did, you think to yourself, “I’ll never doubt Him again.” Only you find yourself grumbling about something else? Don’t feel too bad, we’ve all done it.

Several instances in my life come to mind when God has blown me away with His blessings. I’ve experienced situations when it was only God that could have done what He did. But time passes and how soon I forget His greatness because I’m too busy having a pity party for myself about something. Or I’m distressed thinking nothing will ever change, why isn’t God helping me? On and on I go.

Then I come across chapters in Exodus when the Israelites are in the wilderness complaining. I think to myself, “How in the world can they be moaning and groaning after God just parted the Red Sea and had them walk on dry land to flee from the Egyptians? Didn’t they comprehend His power? That nothing is impossible for Him?”

In Chapter 15 they sing a song about God’s greatness. By Chapter 16, they’re angry at Moses for leading them out of Egypt (which really means they’re angry with God). They’re hungry and would rather stay in bondage with full bellies then be free from Pharaoh and trust in God.

But again, God comes through for His children. Every morning they see His glory as they gather Manna.

I get it. No one is perfect. We all get selfish from time to time. We let our flesh get in the way. So how do we work on getting better in that area? Good question? For me, I think back on those times God did what he did. I think about them and know that He is always going to be there for me no matter what. Maybe what I need won’t happen instantaneously. Maybe it will take time. That’s okay. It doesn’t mean God isn’t at work.

Reading the Word is also a reminder of God’s greatness. The Bible is full of examples of God’s power, His faithfulness, and His love.