Isn’t it great when we think that God is acting in our lives? But what about those times when life seems to be contrary to what we think?
The Israelites have just passed through the Red Sea…by God’s hand. They are rejoicing with tambourines and dancing…singing their praises to God…“The Lord will reign forever”. Then, 3 days later, the complaining continues. The Lord reminds the people, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God…” And God provides for them. One month after the Red Sea, more complaining – this time about food. What does God do? He, once again, provides.
In how many ways do we rejoice with tambourines and dancing when God provides? And then, the opposite question…how many times do we complain? Do we really recognize God’s provision in our lives? God brought the people out of bondage in Egypt. God provided water in the desert. God provided manna and quail in the desert. God fully revealed himself in Jesus and provided for those who were lame, blind, and poor, etc…many believed in him but, many complained and sent him to the cross.
The power of God’s provision for us is realized in the following verse from Matthew 20: “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” When we understand this simple set of 21 words, we come to really know the God for whom we claim to worship…the Father who provides in ways we, all too often, are often blind to seeing.
There are many cultural ideals of “the good life”…I encourage you to draw closer to the One who offers the one and only GOOD LIFE you and I should seek…after all, He showed his steadfast love in a way I am absolutely certain you and I could never live out ourselves…nonetheless, that is the challenge we have as followers of Jesus. It is the very heart of what so many call Christianity…it sets us apart form all other religions.
Often, on Sunday, you hear the words…may you always know the grace of the Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the fellowship and communion of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:13) all your days…so, let’s sing and dance because these are far more than words…they are indeed, the essence of today’s passages and, I believe, The Good Life!!