28. See your problems in the right perspective

God performed mighty miracles for all the Israelites to see. He performed the ten mighty plagues and He led them out of Egypt by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He was absolutely visible to them and He proved to be totally trustworthy as everything He told them had come to pass. Now He ordered them to camp along the shore of the Red sea opposite Baal-zephon and He even warned Moses that the Egyptians will come to attack them, but that He will save them.

Now after all this reassurance one would expect the Israelites to fully trust in Him and to rely on Him to save them. After all He had promised to bring them to the Promised Land, so it would seem totally logical to me that they should hold on to that promise, after all the miraculous deeds that He had done. But look what happened the moment Pharaoh and his army arrived on the scene whilst they were camped along the shore:

'The people began to panic, and they cried out to the Lord for help. Then they turned against Moses and complained, "Why did you bring us out here in the wilderness to die? Weren't there enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us leave? Didn't we tell you to leave us alone while we were still in Egypt? Our Egyptian slavery was far better that dying out here in the wilderness!" Exodus 14:10 - 12

They had a total nervous breakdown! They took their eyes off from God and focused totally on the problem facing them. They even became irrational, implicating that Moses on his own forced two million people to leave Egypt against their will! That is ridiculous, but that is exactly how human nature reacts when they are confronted with problems. They pass the buck!

Remember that Adam did it too. He said that it was Eve's fault that they ate of the forbidden fruit and Eve said it was the snake's fault. They didn't take responsibility for what was happening to them.

We do the same thing when we are faced with problems. We take our eyes off from God and we pass the buck blaming someone else. We do it a lot of the time. Plus we exaggerate our problem most of the time. Sometimes we need to see our problems in the correct perspective too. With God by their side, the Israelites had nothing to fear! And we don't have anything to fear either. God is bigger than our problems.

We must learn valuable lessons from them and try to apply it to our own lives. First of all, keep your eyes focused on God, your only true Life-Source. Secondly don't blame anyone else for the situation you are in and thirdly see your problems in the right perspective. Normally the problem is not as big as we think it is, especially if we have God on our side. Sit quietly and think rationally about it and things will fall into perspective and God's Holy Spirit will give you guidance on how to deal with your problem.

Thank you Lord for teaching us so many things in Your lovely Word. You are amazing and we only want to have eyes for You and see that our problems are small compared to Your mighty power. Thank you Lord. Amen

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