Do not be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today.
-Moses, Exodus 14:13
I've been a believer long enough to watch God do amazing things in my life. Yet, often the joy will eventually wear off. New obstacles arise, fear and doubt creep back in, and I begin to wonder if God is really going to come through again.
Its hard not to read the account in Exodus of God delivering the Israelites from the Egyptians by parting the Red Sea and wonder why the heck the Israelites ever doubted God again. How could they? They witnessed one of the most incredible moments in history! God parted a sea for them and then sent it crashing back down on their opponents. However, as we read the rest of the Old Testament, we see how Israel faded away from God, doubted, and forgot His amazing hand.
As I ponder such things I can't help but realize that I am no better. I have seen God do the amazing. I have tasted and know that He is good. I have watched Him do his work of salvation and come through time after time, yet, I still go back to struggling and doubt. Why? Am I just that stupid? Actually, yes. More than that, I believe its because I have a hard time getting over myself. I let myself get in the way of seeing God at work and remembering His amazing resume.
If anything, I should do what Moses tells the Israelites to do as they looked back at the Egyptian Army with fear...."God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!" (Exodus 14:14)
Sometimes, I just need to watch God fight the battle and keep my mouth shut. My own thoughts, words, and anxieties will only distract me from the goodness and awesomeness of God. Why do that to myself? I wouldn't go watch the sequel to one of my favorite movies and blindfold myself and plug my ears as it plays on the big screen. Why would I do this with God?
Maybe you're missing God's work because you've plugged yourself away in self-pity, doubt, and fear. Take off the blinders and see the truth! You don't want to miss this show!