Humility in Times of Change

expectations fear promises trust May 12, 2022

Humility in Times of Change

•Exodus 14:10-12
When Pharaoh drew near, Bnei-Yisrael lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them! So they were terrified, and Bnei-Yisrael cried out to Adonai. They said to Moses, “Have you taken us away to die in the wilderness because there were no graves in Egypt? Why have you dealt this way with us, to bring us out of Egypt? Did we not say to you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone, so that we may serve the Egyptians?’ It was better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness!”

•Numbers 14:1-4
All through that night, the entire community raised up their voices. The people wept. All Bnei-Yisrael grumbled against Moses and Aaron and the whole community said, “If only we had died in Egypt! If only we had died in this wilderness! Why is Adonai bringing us to this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be like plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” They said to each other, “Let’s choose a leader and let’s go back to Egypt!”


Say what?! The Israelites would have rather lived and died as slaves in Egypt than trust Adonai and the promise of being delivered and brought to the land flowing with milk and honey that was promised to Abraham (Genesis 15:13-14, 18-21). Yes, you read that right! It is so easy for us to read that and think they were absolutely crazy! But, what if it's really not that crazy of a thought?

I picture children out in the fields with their families and friends and listening to the adults talk and speculate how they will be delivered from Egypt. They knew they'd be pulled out in the 4th generation of Jacob and his son's coming to Egypt. (Genesis 15:16, Exodus 6:16-20) Imagine the excitement when those 4th generation babies started to be born! I'm sure some were quite eager to go to the land that was promised to them and some were quite comfortable in Goshen where they and their parents had lived out their entire lives. Who knows what all their opinions on deliverance looked like, but I'm sure there were many different ones!

After Adonai shows all His glory and power in Egypt and they're delivered from slavery, they get to the Sea of Reeds, and they panic! They truly believe that they're going to be taken over by the Egyptians!

See, salvation rarely looks like our speculations and opinions.

Regardless of how much we've studied any given topic, there are so many more layers and details to that topic than we can fathom! When our hearts are in a self-serving status, we can't see Him and His perfect plan in the midst of the chaos.

Fast forward to Yeshua's ministry on earth. The Jews living in Judea at that time were expecting a conquering king who would deliver them from the Romans, not a humble man who was teaching them the heart of the Torah. Yeshua came to meet His people where they were at. The tricky part in that meeting for us is we often think we are much further ahead in our journey towards righteousness than what we actually are (Luke 18:9). Sister, I think we can all admit we've worn those shoes; I surely have.

Yeshua had to bring His people back and show them how to walk out the Torah with their hearts in sacrificial love, not with their personal opinions and speculations. He had come for the salvation of His people and to share that salvation with the nations, but so many missed that message because it didn't look like what they had envisioned. See how easy it is for us to completely miss the target? Yeshua had to show them how to connect their understanding of the Torah to their hearts in love to produce a true knowledge of Adonai.

Even His 12 disciples, some of the closest and dearest men to Him, had trouble understanding what He was doing during His ministry. In Luke 18:15-17, we see people bringing their babies to Yeshua so He could touch them, but the disciples weren't having it and rebuked them for it! Yeshua then tells the disciples, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

Does that sound familiar?

•Numbers 14:31
“As for your children—whom you said would be like plunder—I will bring them in and they will experience the land that you spurned."

Because of the bad report 10 of the spies brought back to Moses and Aaron, any Israelite that had been counted in the census would die in the wilderness. They didn't pass the test. They clung to their comforts, conveniences, speculations, and opinions instead of holding on to the promise given to their forefathers of inheriting the land flowing with milk and honey.

They rejected Adonai’s control and sovereignty for what was familiar to them and in the heat of the moment, they chose death in Egypt instead of life in His land with the Garden hovering above! It's so tempting to be mind boggled by that, but it's also so easy for us to get caught up in that mindset ourselves without even realizing it.

We must humbly come to His Word as a child, fully trusting in our Heavenly Father to provide for every need even when it may not look like what we want or how we thought it would go.

He is sovereign.
He has the final say.
He is in control.

•Psalms 8:3 - Out of the mouths of babies and toddlers You established power.

In these uncertain days, I encourage you to lay all your worries and concerns at His feet and remember to cling to Him in the midst of the chaos instead of falling back on what is familiar and comfortable. These days may not look like what you envisioned, but take refuge in Him!

Be pressed and be blessed, sisters!

Danielle


•Proverbs 3:5‭-‬8
Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Adonai and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

•Psalms 34:9‭-‬10
Taste and see how good Adonai is. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Fear Adonai, His kedoshim, For those who fear Him lack nothing.

•Psalms 34:20‭-‬21
Many are the distresses of the righteous, but Adonai delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones— not one of them is broken.

•Psalms 34:23
Adonai redeems the soul of His servants —no one who takes refuge in Him will be held guilty.

•Joshua 24:15
If it seems bad to you to worship Adonai, then choose for yourselves today whom you will serve—whether the gods that your fathers worshiped that were beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will worship Adonai!”


*Please Note: the verses used in this blog were taken from the TLV, Tree of Life Version, and may be numbered slightly different in other versions. Thank you!

 

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