Do you know the story of Moses? I’m assuming you do, and if you haven’t read it in the Bible, you’ve probably seen the movie The Ten Commandments with Charleton Heston. The account goes that the Lord chose Moses, a Jew by birth and an Egyptian by upbringing, to lead His people out of slavery at the hands of Pharaoh. As the Israelites were attempting to escape the huge Egyptian army, God did some absolutely miraculous things to save them, including parting the Red Sea so they could walk across on dry land. Despite witnessing His divine power on numerous occasions, God’s people were quick to complain and to turn their back on Him because they didn’t like their circumstances. Perhaps the worst of their rebellion happened when Moses went to the top of Mount Sinai to meet with the Lord and receive the Ten Commandments. Frustrated by their lack of progress and the disappearance of their leader, the people gathered together all of the gold and other plunder they had collected from the Egyptians, threw it into the fire, and formed a golden calf. Even worse, they used the calf to worship Baal, which involved child sacrifice and all sorts of evil things. Although they knew full well that it was Almighty God who brought them out of captivity, they bowed before their idol and gave it the credit for what He had done. No wonder His anger burned against them!
My friend, though it’s easy to grumble in these troubling times, never forget what God has done for you! Your Savior pulled you out of the pit, set your feet on a Rock, and endowed you with unending treasure in His Kingdom. In the spiritual realm, you are wealthier than you understand, and though it can be frustrating when His voice seems silent and the view of His glory is eclipsed, resist the temptation to turn your affections to something else. The Lord is the supplier of everything good in your life — and in this world — and He alone wants to be your first love. When you allow any of His blessings to ascend the throne of your heart and take the place of their true Source, you forfeit your best life. Anchor your soul in Him alone, and He will provide everything you need to walk through this valley and emerge even stronger on the other side!