Ok…I confess, I am really enthralled by history. I love reading and learning about history. I wish that I could say that I love history because I always want to learn from it, but that’s not entirely true. I just find the actions of others in the past to be very interesting. But, there have been times where I’ve learned from history. I’ve learned from my parent’s experiences. I’ve learned from the experience of others in ministry. I also want to learn from the history of Israel because I feel that I can at times go down the same paths that they did. This morning I read one such verse:
When the Lord heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. – Psalm 78:21-22
The 78th Psalm was designed to use history to teach the upcoming generations of Israel to continue to trust the Lord. Verses 21-22 are talking about how the Israelites struggled to trust the Lord as He led them out of Egypt. So when it says “they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance” I can identify with at least one part of that. It is at times really hard to trust that the Lord will work in your situation.
Trust when you’ve been hurt and you want to hurt
Trust when the fear is mounting beyond belief
Trust when you know the pain is coming
Yes, it is hard to trust God when He’s called you to live in a way that could produce pain. Yes it is hard to trust God when you are walking into fearful situations. Yes, it is hard to trust God when you know that your choice will produce pain. But this is where history comes in and it’s one of the reasons that I love history:
God’s history of keeping promises is flawless!
Now, let me share with you a list of things you can do to build your faith and trust in God’s ability on your behalf.
- Make a list of the mountains God has already moved in your life.
- Read the Old Testament – maybe start with Exodus to see the power of God clearly on display.
- Start a specific prayer list and write down God’s answers.