It’s super easy to forget, the battles that God has fought on our behalf when trials and tribulations come again. I was listening to this christian song by Angel Benard, called “Nikumbushe” which is Swahili for “remind me.” Which is something that we all need to continuously ask God to do. We need to ask him to remind us of past victories, and blessings. Let us not be like the Israelites when they left Egypt, they did not have any trust on God, and they were also quick to forget the victories that God had won on their behalf.
In Exodus 13, we see that God went ahead of them in their journey. Which is something that God will do if we ask him:
21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.
Even though the Israelites had God leading the way, they did not have any faith. They kept of doubting. So when they saw the Egyptians chasing after them, they started complaining, and even wanted to go back to the misery of being slaves in Egypt. Exodus 14, shows us how easy it is to start doubting God and lose faith, even though God had already assured them that he was leading the way, and he would guide and protect them:
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
In Exodus 15, the Israelites were happy because God had delivered them from the pursuit of Pharaoh and his men. They even started singing and dancing in celebrations:
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Yet, as soon as they were faced with another trial, they started complaining and losing faith again, in Exodus 16, they started to complain to Moses and Aaron:
3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
So, let us not be quick to forget. The God we serve keeps his promises, when he says that he is going to lead you to the promised land, the blessing, your victory, your success or anything else. He shall lead you! I pray that we should continue singing songs of praises to God; the same songs that we sing during victories, we should continue to sing these songs of praises through tough times, through our tears, through the hard days until we get our full victory. I pray this in the might name of Jesus, Amen!