During the time of Exodus, while the Israelites were passing through the wilderness, their provision came from God alone. Each time they had needs, Moses called on God. God heard and provided miracles like manna for their daily bread, quails for meat, and water in the desert. Eventually, they trusted Him, so He let them enter the land He promised.
Then, they became discontent. They worshiped false gods and complained, which displeased God. So He exiled them from the land He had promised them. But Isaiah reminded them that God still loved them and would fulfill His promises.
God’s heart of compassion knew the right time to settle them in their own land again. He is such an awesome and loving Father! He wanted to fulfil His promises made to Jacob, Abraham and Isaac. So, God insisted on being true to His word. Today, God is still at work for the Jews and for us.
God’s plan for our lives as Christ-followers is beyond our expectations. We can read about the Israelites’ mistakes, but will we learn from them? Do we do anything to display a lack of trust in God when we don’t get our way? Do we seek other “gods”?
Our momentary discontent cannot separate us from God’s love. His heart of compassion is stirred towards us, just like it was for the Israelites, though it may mean disciplining us. Even so, God will not withhold His love from us or abandon His plan.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the great plan you have for my life. Strengthen me so I won’t complain but give thanks. Help me to put my trust in you and your love. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.
Go Deeper — Read this verse, “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience” (Hebrews 4: 11). Believe God is kind and is on your side, so you can enter into His rest and appreciate His plans for your life.
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