Monday, November 28th, 2011
Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
Exodus 14:5 (KJV)
You know the story. Or maybe you've seen the Hollywood epic, The Ten Commandments, or the animated film, Prince of Egypt. After a series of disasters and plagues sent by God, Pharaoh finally decides to release the Israelites who have been enslaved for 400 years.
But Pharaoh and his servants second guess their decision. Pharaoh forgets the God of the Jews. He disregards Egypt's recent disasters. He reneges on his promise to Moses. He regrets releasing the Jews from bondage, along with their money, skills, and possessions.
So he pursues the Israelites. 'And behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened' (Exodus 14:10). The result? Pharaoh's army is buried by the Red Sea.
While in Exodus, the Jews second guess their own decision to follow Moses. They seem to forget the God they serve, and all the miracles they witnessed by His Hand. 'They said to Moses, '...Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, 'Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?' For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness' ' (Exodus 14:11-12).
Like Pharaoh, like the Israelites, I have been a second guesser: 'Why did I work so hard on this job? No one appreciates it!' 'My money is tight. Maybe I should stop giving.' 'I believe God told me to do this, but everybody says it makes no sense. Maybe I didn't hear from God after all.'
Bottom line: second guessing is not godly. Second guessing is doubt. 'For the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind' (James 1:6). We must stand firm in God's promises to us and ours to Him. We must remember Whom we serve--even when it doesn't seem to make sense.
When the rest forget, forget the rest. No second guessing.