Daily Read - 1 Samuel 5:1-7:17; John 6:1-21; Psalm 106:13-31; Proverbs 14:32-33
They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt.
1 Samuel 6:6-7
Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He did mighty things among them, did they not let the people go, that they might depart?
The Holy Spirit is speaking loud and clear in our daily reading today. The message is simple, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits!
Tragically, the children of Israel quickly forgot all the mighty works the Lord performed in their exodus from Egypt. They allowed the trials of the wilderness to steal away the memories of God's greatness. Instead of blessing the Lord, they cursed Him and complained.
Even in the midst of death and destruction, the Bible tells us how the Philistines, in 1 Samuel 5-6 hardened their hearts against God as Pharaoh did in Egypt. This brought even more devastation until at last, they wised up and returned the Ark of God to Israel.
It seems as though people have an uncanny knack to recall details in the trials and tribulations of life, but have trouble remembering the mighty acts of God. Unfortunately, the enemy capitalizes on this memory loss amplifying all those areas where we think God has failed to come through for us.
This self-centered, complaining, "woe is me" attitude always leads in one direction, another trip around the mountain of the wilderness. We blindly wander in turmoil wondering why God has abandoned us when in actuality; we are the ones who abandoned our faith in Him.
There is a quick remedy for all those who have membership at the "We'll be goin' roun' the mountain again club."
Repent and turn from complaining and begin praising. Bless the Lord for all He does in your life. Command all negative thinking to cease in the name of Jesus and choose to place your focus on all of His benefits.
As the disciples did in John 6:21, in the midst of a tempest storm on the sea, they recognized and willingly received Jesus into their boat. Miraculously, they immediately arrived at their destination. When trials and tribulations arise, resist the temptation to complain and murmur, but quickly invite Jesus into the situation and watch the storm subside. When you invite Jesus on the scene, things rapidly change and you don't go around the mountain again.
Let us never fall into the trap of exalting hardships above God's blessings. Bemoaning only elongates the wilderness journey and who wants that?
As an act of prophetic warfare, ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your remembrance all those things God has done on your behalf. Recall the mighty works of God in your life. If you don't have one already, start a Book of Remembrance
and begin to record His daily blessings and benefits to you.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!