Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.
(Deuteronomy 7:18 (NIV))
In case you haven’t noticed, human nature is a strange thing!
We have a tendency to forget things that have happened and, at the same time, we are likely to remember things that didn’t happen.
If there was ever a group of people that should have no problem remembering things, it was the Israelites that Moses lead out of Egypt. They had witnessed the plagues. They had lived through the Angel of Death at the first Passover. They had watched God part the waters of the Red Sea so that they could walk across dry land. They had been given manna to eat in the desert. They had seen water gush forth after Moses struck a rock at God’s command.
Still they muttered and were afraid of what lie ahead!
They and their descendants had all too quickly forgotten all that the Lord had done for them to get them to that point. They looked at the problems before them and failed to remember the huge problems that God had delivered them from and through in the not so distant past.
What is it about being human that makes us forget and makes us worry? Perhaps it is the very same thing that makes us look at our surroundings when we are driving on a high and curvy mountain road. We know that we should have nothing to worry about, but there is something about the potential danger that makes us forget successful endeavors in the past. We simply overreact in fear when we should fully realize that we have nothing to fear.
And in our panic, it’s as if all of our memories and ability to reason go flying out the window!
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:31 (NIV))
Why do we fail to remember what God has done?