Daily Devotional: Psalms 106:13-18
13 But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel. 14 In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test. 15 So he gave them what they asked for but sent a wasting disease upon them. 16 In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD. 17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it buried the company of Abiram. 18 Fire blazed among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.
1 Cor 10:1-5
1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.
God showed his power to the world when he delivered the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. He destroyed their economy with the plagues. He disrupted their entire society when the firstborn of each family was killed. He then demolished one of the greatest armies in the world by drowning them in the Red Sea. He had demonstrated his love for Israel, but his hatred for their enemies.
God still loves his people and blesses them when they are faithful to him but at the same time, he shows his hatred for sin. God wants everyone to trust him and follow his will because in his love, he wants everyone to enjoy heaven. For this reason he shows his patience and gives time for all to come to repentance.
But it was not just the Egyptians that he destroyed in this journey to the land of Canaan. There were thousands of the Israelites that he had delivered from their slavery but who did not remain faithful who were destroyed also. Some rejected his authority by rejecting Moses and Aaron. Some turned to idols and forgot all that God had done for them. Even though they had crossed the Red Sea on dry ground and had seen the Egyptian army washed away, they still doubted and were dissatisfied with the provisions from God, so they complained.
Heavenly Father increase my faith in you and your power to take care of me in your goodness. Keep me from doubting that you know what is best. Help me trust you when I don’t understand why things are as they are (or seem to be). Give me strength and wisdom to be what you want me to be and therefore to do what you want me to do. Forgive me when I sin and fall short of your glory. Use me and all you have given me to honor you and to lead others to you. Help me remember that this life is about preparing for eternity. I humbly pray in Jesus name.