“My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam. My people, remember what Balak king of Moab plotted and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” Micah 6:3-5
Have you ever read your Bible or listened to the stories of the Israelites and thought, “Man, how dumb are you people? Honestly, after seeing miracle after miracle you still whine and complain? Where’s your trust? Where your faith? Hasn’t God proven himself to you?” Have you sat in the commentary seat while reading your Bible? I know I have, until recently when I read the passage above in Micah 6.
This night I was reading my One Year Bible and the passages above caught my attention so I followed up the study with the study notes from the Life Application Bible. The commentary asked of verse 3, “If God asked you, ‘What have I done to you?’ how would you reply?”
Immediately my thoughts went to ways I thought God had let me down. Ending our last pastorate without warning, our living arrangements now, how our life is in limbo and on and on the list in my head went until I realized….OH NO!! I AM AN ISREALITE!!!
I wept that night as I realized I too had been blaming God for the things that were happening to me instead of looking for the ways He had provided for me. I had focused on the frustration of what God hadn’t done for me and what He’d done to me instead of all He’s given me. When we forget to see how fortunate we are we become self-centered. Sometimes in the midst of our current trial we forget that we are sinners, saved by grace; that the perfect One took our place to provide us access to a Holy God.
We give the Israelites a hard time when we see them time and time again not trusting the Lord. When we see them “helping” God or complaining and whining, but yet I have to be the first one to say, “God forgive me, I’m one of them!”
But there’s good news, just as God was patient and forgiving to his chosen Israelites, He offers us the same grace. We fail Him daily but He’s there to say, “I love you”. He wants us to trust Him.
Maybe you are like me and sometimes get distracted by the trials and things of life. Let me encourage you today, remembering God’s past protection may help you see His current provisions. Make a list of things you remember God has done for you. Your faith will grow as you remember all He’s done and you can begin to trust Him for what you need now.
Lord, bring to mind all You have given me and help me to remember them every day in appreciation for what You have done for me. You are not against me. You are for me. Amen.