Psalm 106 is made up of 48 verses describing the mighty acts of God on behalf of His people, the Israelites, and the rebellious ways of those same people who had been so blessed by God. In verses 7-12, I read about the description of God freeing the Hebrew slaves from the Egyptians, His leading them through the Red Sea on dry ground, and the thunderous praise that echoed throughout the wilderness as the Israelites realized what God had done.
There is no doubt that this experience marked the Israelites from that day to this. Yet I read, “But they soon forgot what He had done and did not wait on His counsel.” I read through that sentence over and over again this morning. The question rang out in my mind, “How could they have forgotten an experience like that?!”
They didn’t really “forget,” not in a cognitive kind of way. The memory of what God had done would never leave them. They didn’t “forget,” not in an experiential sense. They would tell their children, grandchildren, and hundreds of generations later would know the story. What they did was this: They “forgot” in a relational way. God showed Himself faithful so that they would forever know that they could trust Him for whatever difficulties came their way. If famine swept through the land, they could trust Him. If an enemy marched on their cities, they could trust Him. If the gods of their neighbors enticed them, they could trust Him. If sickness or disease afflicted their family members, they could trust Him.
Instead of trusting God and waiting on His counsel, they tried to fix their problems with the quickest solutions available. “They forgot what He had done…” I see myself in this description of God’s people. I am so much like those who forgot, when I experience the difficulties of my life. I tend to try to to find the shortest route out of hardships instead of waiting on His counsel. I come up with a plan instead of waiting on His counsel, His plan. I have seen God’s mighty hand at work in my life and I know that He has allowed me to see these things so that I, like the Israelites before me, might learn that I can trust Him in all things. Oh Lord, help me to wait on You.
This morning, Lord, my prayer is that You might cause me to pause when the pains of life invite me to find a solution other than trusting in You.