Exo 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, … and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
For the Israelites, from the time Moses returned to Egypt as a deliverer until they cross the red sea, it was miracles all the way! I guess they would have concluded that God will never allow them to suffer. But their next experience after the parting of the red sea was a rupture against an all-good-God expectation. They suffered for lack of water for 3 days and they instantly showed their disappointment in God. It is easy to trust God when he blesses, but how many can still trust him in their lack?
When Moses prayed, God said I am testing you! I am not just an all-good-God, I am a proving-God. I do you good but I also allow trials! The test is to prove your trust in me! The test is for your promotion! Men of faith don’t murmur at trial because they are ready to accept whatever God brings. David said, “I have become mute; I do not open my mouth because it is You who have done it” (Psalm 39:9). That is if it’s God that allows this disaster, I’ve got no comment!
When Job lost all he had, he said, “Should we accept from God only good and not adversity?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.” (Job 2:10). For Job, it’s like saying, God has been good to me. If he chooses not to answer a particular request for reason best known to him, so be it! The resolution of faith is that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Rom 8:28). Every experience from God is acceptable to faith. Whether experiencing God’s goodness or experiencing God’s trial, faith will rejoice in as much as it’s a ‘God-experience’.
Often those things that we complain about of less importance compared to what God has done. The little inconveniences are worth enduring, at least for the sake of the earlier victories God won. Now compare Israel’s 3 days thirst to the cruel slavery of Egypt. Some of us have been saved, healed and delivered from impossible problems. But because you are broke for a few months you have started to visit false prophets. Faith says if the God that did the ‘big’ won’t do the ‘small’, leave it undone!
At every loss, Job praised God, because if God allows it, then it’s for good! “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21). Thank God for what he didn’t give, for the job lost, for the eviction, for the failed exam. Your praise at God’s NO is evidence of faith.
To think that life with God shall always be smooth is a false expectation. Jesus promises 100 fold blessings “along with persecutions” (Mrk 10:30). Mind you, even if anyone follows the devil, or chooses to be an atheist, he will still experience some afflictions (John 14:1).
The trial of God allows is the test just before your surplus. “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life…” (Jam 1:12) Your gratefulness and faith are displayed when the expression of your countenance continues to reflect the joy of your past gains instead of the sorrow of your present pain.
You shall not fail God’s test in Jesus name!
By Oyindamola Adejumo-Ayibiowu PhD