Psalms 78:11-20 GNB
“They forgot what he had done, the miracles they had seen him perform. While their ancestors watched, God performed miracles in the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt. He divided the sea and took them through it; he made the waters stand like walls. By day he led them with a cloud and all night long with the light of a fire. He split rocks open in the desert and gave them water from the depths. He caused a stream to come out of the rock and made water flow like a river. But they continued to sin against God, and in the desert they rebelled against the Most High. They deliberately put God to the test by demanding the food they wanted. They spoke against God and said, “Can God supply food in the desert? It is true that he struck the rock, and water flowed out in a torrent; but can he also provide us with bread and give his people meat?”
We sin when we do not obey God. So many times God has a perfect plan for us or He has made a perfect path for us to walk on but we choose to walk a different path because we feel our path is better. I have seen it so many times and I feel like that’s why God wants me to shine a light on it today.
The people saw that God gave them water in the desert, but they needed food as well. They decided to give God a test, or an exam. “Can he prepare a table?”, verse 19, means “can he put food on our table?”. They did not think that He could! It does not mean that they did not believe that there was a God. They did not believe that He would give them help. In other words, they did not trust Him unconditionally. You might be going through a rough season in your life and you are asking God all sorts of questions just like the Israelites did. You know what He has done for you in the past but you still choose to be rebellious.
I’ll share a little bit of my story to help you relate with this verse. Before I met Peter I was already in a long distance relationship for almost four years because I thought that guy was the one. I lingered it that long because I didn’t want to hear what God was telling me. Long story short, he disappointed me by not showing up for my birthday which was not only a special day but it meant a lot for him to be there to support me and he didn’t show up, so that definitely did it for me. I was so heartbroken but I knew it was all God. All I heard God say to me was “Let Go and Let God be God.” Shortly after, I met Peter and I didn’t fully understand it was all in God’s plan. Before I said yes to dating my now husband, I hesitated so much because I couldn’t believe God would bring such a perfect guy to me after I tried to be rebellious. I was still trying to hold on to my past until I heard God clearly tell me for the second time to Let Go and Let God be God. Today, not only am I married to my best friend but to the one God has chosen for me to spend the rest of my life with.
I encourage you to trust God no matter when the road seems dark. If He has healed all your sickness and diseases, made you financially stable, given you a promotion, brought that husband or wife you’ve been waiting for, given you that child you’ve been waiting for, gotten you that dream job, answered that prayer you’ve been praying about, and many more; If He has done all that for you in the past, don’t you think He’ll do it again? If He caused a stream to come out of the rock and made water flow like a river, He can do above and beyond your imaginations. Stop trying so hard because whatever you’re doing isn’t working. Pray and hand it over to God and watch what He’s going to do. I encourage you today to stop rebelling against God but let go and let God be God over all your dreams and purposes in this life. Stay blessed and be inspired.