Daily Devotional: Psalms 78:9-16
9 The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; 10 they did not keep God's covenant and refused to live by his law. 11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them. 12 He did miracles in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand firm like a wall. 14 He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night. 15 He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas; 16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.
2 Peter 1:12
12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.
God led his people from Egypt, leaving bondage with a series of miracles to prove that he really is God. He had brought the plagues on Egypt and the parted the Red Sea for them to cross over on dry land. In the process of doing these, he had destroyed their economy, their peaceful lives and then their military forces. There was no doubt that he was Supreme, so that more than forty years later, the people in Canaan still remembered what he had done and were afraid.
Maybe Israel was too close to the forest to see the trees but for whatever reason, they forgot very quickly when he killed the firstborn of Egypt, parted the waters, gave them water from a rock and fed them manna and then quail. (We often read over his feeding them quickly and forget that there were probably over a million people to be fed – not just once but every day.) Yet, when they reached the land that he had promised to give them, they were afraid that he was not able to deliver it to them! They quickly forgot what he had done and did not trust him.
Do we make the same mistake today? Do we worry and fret over things that he has promised to take care of in our lives? We must remember that we are to pray about everything and then worry about nothing. So, whatever the trouble in our minds, he is able to take us through on dry land or deliver us from the enemy.
Heavenly Father I am thankful for all you have done for me in my life. Even as a child, I saw your wonderful hand in the lives of my family and watched you do things that seemed impossible to accomplish. Even in my stubborn youth, you gave me a wife that has helped me love you more and be more devoted to you. Help me never forget all you have done and keep me from ever doubting your word, your power or your wisdom. Use me to help others and encourage them as they seek to serve you. Forgive me when I sin. I pray in the name of Jesus.