So Moses said to the people, “this is a day to remember forever—the day you left Egypt, the place of your slavery. (Exodus 13:3 NLT)
Prior to freedom the Israelites were heavily oppressed by Pharaoh. It was a big deal that Pharaoh finally freed them. So much so that Moses called it a day to remember forever. Seemly still, the Israelites soon forgot it. Exodus 14 tells of them panicking and crying because Pharaoh and an army are chasing them.
“As Pharaoh and his army approached, the people of Israel could see them in the distance, marching toward them. The people began to panic, and they cried out to the Lord for help. Then they turned against Moses and complained, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us leave?” (Exodus 14: 10 NLT)
You and I risk behaving like the Israelites (living out a miracle one minute, then as if it does not exist the next) if not intentional.
It’s important to remember times of God’s power and faithfulness. They will help our faith when the enemy is on the prey, which, by the way, is always. The Israelites did not comprehend the power of God even after all he had done. As a result, they remembered the wrong thing. They remembered Pharaoh’s power, but not God’s.
If only they had remembered God’s power. They would have maintained peace, joy, and rest all while watching their great Defender defend. But they didn’t, and now it’s history.
We have the story of the Israelites as encouragement to trust God. They did not. How much more sad would it be for you and I today to remember our enemy’s limited power and not God’s greater unlimited?