Seeing Growth

Moses delivered Israel from Egypt. Pretty much all Moses hears from the folks who just got delivered is whining. They just can’t get a break. They have the nerve to ask the question “Is the Lord among us?”

Seriously? With all the miraculous stuff that happens with them, plus having a pillar of smoke and fire constantly before them and they still ask if God is among them?

Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, comes for a visit and Moses recounts the story of God’s deliverance. Immediately Jethro says, “Now I know that the God of Israel is the true God.”

Recounting the past in a short synopsis often shows God’s power more effectively than the slow task of living it. We don’t have the big picture, we get discouraged because I failed today. We lose sight of the synopsis.

Biographies do a great job of this. They show a man’s entire life in a couple hundred pages, it looks remarkable, the man made use of every day. Meanwhile, during the guy’s life his family constantly chided him, “So, when are you going to do something with your life?”

In hindsight all believers can see God at work. Today I might have a moment where I feel like chucking it all out of frustration. The ability to look at life from the scope of eternity, to get the summary, is the way to view God’s power and fully trust that He will indeed finish what He started in you.

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