If I am honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to say after reading these verses. I wasn’t even really sure what to think. I mean anybody who has read or heard the story of Exodus, knows about the plagues and how God pushed Egypt and Pharaoh to the breaking point to free His chosen people. Of course it shows Gods power and authority in the world. He shows a distinction in how He deals with those who are called His children and those who serve other gods. We see that again in Mathew where Jesus paints a picture, really a prophecy of the final judgment. He again separates those who serve Him from those who do not. And again the treatment of these two groups is vastly different.
But as I thought more and more about it, as I thought about my life, trying to put God in it all, my perspective began to change. I began to see how these verses were speaking about how God can be trusted no matter what.
God had promised many years before these passages in Exodus took place, that the children of Abraham would be blessed, that they were the chosen of God. Here we see God fulfilling His promises, showing His faithfulness. In Mathew we see a picture of His faithfulness displayed as He welcomes home all those who have loved Him.
I needed that reminder. Not only of His faithfulness, but also that this is not our home. The trials and troubles are temporary and in the end serve as a measure of my faithfulness to Him.
In life, we see ups and downs and there are times when it can be difficult to say the least. Unexpected trials, financial obligations, relational snags, etc… can all creep into our vision and make us lose focus on Him. That’s where I was before reading all of this. We have to continually refocus and adjust our thinking.
God, help me to be better at remembering. Remembering your faithfulness not only throughout all of human history, but also your faithfulness last year, last month or even yesterday. Forgive me when I live in the temporary and forget the eternal. Help me to live for you and to do it well.