Rejoicing at all Times!
Exodus 15:24 “And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘what shall we drink?’”
In life, there will be times of joy and times of sadness; times of victory and times of failing. How we respond in those particular times is what defines us and our character. I once knew a Godly man by the name of David Haynes, he was my professor at Nebraska Christian College. David was a man who was so pressed into the Lord that no matter the circumstance, it seemed as though he was at peace. From the outside looking in, it appeared to me that if David lost everything he would still be celebrating in the Lord.
I am reminded of Mr. Haynes when I read through Exodus 15. If you go through the chapter, you will quickly realize that it’s a chapter of praise. Moses and the people of Israel are singing to God because of the victory that God had just led them through by parting the red sea. A victory of freedom, a victory for God to show and prove that He is the Alpha and Omega. But as we continue to read through Exodus 15 we come upon verse 24 which states, “And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘what shall we drink?’”
You see, Moses led the Israelites out into the wilderness of Shur. It had been three days and they still hadn’t come upon any water to drink; and when they did come upon water they couldn’t even drink it because it was to bitter. If we were to skim through Exodus we would see that the people of Israel continued to grumble or complain against Moses; but, in reality they really were complaining against God. It appears that no matter what God did for Israel, through Moses, they would end up grumbling or complaining.
I think we can learn a lot through the people of Israel. How many times has God shown up for us and led us to victory? In my life, I couldn’t even begin to count how many times God has moved. Their have been times in my life where God has shown up subtly and led me to victory, and their have been times in my life where God has shown up mightily and led me to victory. Here is where it gets interesting. God desires our songs of praises to Him through the victories and non-victories. I strongly believe that God is more worried about our character through the trials then He is through the victories. James 1:2 says, “Count it ALL JOY, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.”
Are we being joyful no matter the circumstances? If you were to face hardship tomorrow, would you still be praising God through that hardship or look defeated like the people of Israel? Trials and failings can be hard, but through the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we know that we can get through.
Prayer: Father, we thank you for being a God that not only leads us to victories, but provides for us even when we fail. You provide for us at exactly the right time. Lord, help us to be joyful in all trials. Help us to sing songs of praises to You when all we see are clouds, lighting and rain.