Exodus 15:1-3,20-21,25-26 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name… Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea”… Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them. He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

The song of a victorious people is joyful indeed but this song takes on much more significance because it celebrates the one who freed them from slavery and delivered them in such a dramatic and powerful way. Add to that Miriam’s song with the Israelite women and we can see a real joyful celebration indeed.

Two million plus people celebrating God surely was a sight but is it not amazing that in three days time, they were back to complaining!!! Is this a representation of us today or just evidence of 430 years of hardships echoed?

For such a large nation to witness God’s mighty hand of deliverance was no simple feat. The plagues in Egypt and God’s protection of His people was significant enough but this latest victory over the hard-hearted Egyptians certainly established God as being in PERFECT control.

To murmur against God a few days after this great deliverance seems to show the real heart of these people and one wonders if they genuinely realized and trusted God when they sang the song of victory or if it was just to momentarily acknowledge God because they feared death.

These people who walked through walls of sea water parted exclusively for them are now bitter about not having potable water to drink shows us that in our natural human selves, we are momentary in our feelings and expression and situations do not change our character.

Why then would God still be patient with such a hard-hearted lot we wonder? What is the hope for us today because we are not any different from the Israelites of then.

Yesterday I heard some colleagues talk about the big lottery pot and how they were all buying tickets for it. As the discussion carried on, one woman pointed out a research report that described how lotteries destroyed the lives of the winners and all these colleagues started to suggest how they would be careful with their winnings and not go down that same path.

We all are a people who live for the moment and a change of heart is the least likely response regardless of how dramatic a situation we go through.

It is for this reason that God sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us and to give us a way back to Him. When we receive salvation through the forgiveness of sins by Jesus’ blood shed on the cross and are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are transformed by God right from our heart and that transformation is total and complete.

It does not mean we will never complain again once we are saved but it sure means that the Holy Spirit that resides in us will show our broken attitudes and bring us back to seeking God’s forgiveness and blessing in our lives.

For those of us who are saved by the grace of God, I pray that we will humble ourselves once again to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit that convicts and conforms us to God’s ways.

For those who have not yet been transformed by the love of God, I pray that you will call on Jesus as your Lord and Master now and give your brokenness to Him for His complete transformation of you.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NLT) …whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

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Comments
  1. Ann says:

    Thank you, Vineet

    We`ve had changes in our personal circumstances over the past year. We were hoping it would be fleeting but (un)fortunately it has lasted this long. There are days when I enjoy every moment of it and there are other days I wonder what might have happened if circumstances had remained unchanged.

    The good thing is, God sees the beginning and the end at the same time! I have to trust Him when the changes come and I have to believe that He works all things together for my good. I don`t always welcome the changes but I`m learning to lean on Him.

    Thanks for this wonderful piece, Vineet. Praying I will continue to trust the God of the Mountains when I feel like I`m going through the valley.

    Blessings,
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      Thank you for your prompt response and thank you also for opening your heart and sharing your state of mind. Changing personal circumstances is a tough thing specially because we hate change and even when we try to prepare for it, we find it hard to deal with. When I read your comment, I knew I had to respond immediately and so here goes…

      Like you and your family, my family and I were called to move from the Arabian Gulf to Canada and while for most people from my land of birth it sounds like migrating to less stress, to us it was a difficult move because we enjoyed the comfort of our leeks and onions.

      God in His amazing way helped us prepare for the move, confirmed His direction time and time again, gave us the opportunity to say our goodbyes and we made the move in excitement and hope, yet today, 19 months later, we still miss our ‘leeks and onions’ but we can see God working powerfully in and through us and we know that the blessing we have received and continue to live under is not material but certainly spiritual and that is of far greater worth than anything this world can offer.

      I love your prayer that you will continue to trust the God of the Mountains when you feel like you’re going through the valley. That is going to be my prayer too and I pray that we will stand up again and go out and praise God for what He has blessed us with and for the challenges He found worthy of us of facing for the glory of His name.

      Thank you again!

      I Christ,
      Vineet

      • Ann says:

        Wow…thanks Vineet 🙂

        That was really quick!! Thank you 🙂

        We often long for the change but when the change comes, we realize it wasn`t exactly what we hoped for or we notice it will take some getting used to…. not always what we signed up for.

        Thank you for sharing the testimony of your change. Praying we`ll get to Canaan soon! In the meantime, I will praise too!

        God bless you Vineet. May He open the right doors and connect you with the right people to help you transition smoothly. Changing gears can be stressful indeed. The good thing is, He already knows what`s on the other side 🙂

        I have to believe that!

        Blessings,
        ann

        Rita Springer – I have to believe

        I have to believe that He sees my darkness
        I have to believe that He knows my pain
        I have to lift up my hands to worship
        Worship His name

        I have to declare that He is my refuge
        I have to deny that I am alone
        I have to lift up my eyes to the mountains
        It’s where my help comes from

        He said that He’s forever faithful
        He said that He’s forever true
        He said that He can move mountains
        And if He can move mountains
        He can move my mountain
        He can move Your mountain too

        I have to stand tall when the wind blows me over
        I have to stand strong when I’m weak and afraid
        I have to grab hold, hold of the garments
        Garments of praise

        I have to sing praise when the hour is midnight
        He unlocks the chains that bind up my soul
        My sin and my shame, He has forgiven, and made me whole

        I have to believe

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  3. Debbie says:

    Vineet, you really opened my eyes to something that I tend to forget about. While those escaping Egypt saw God move in such miraculous ways on their behalf . . .they did not all have the Holy Spirit living in them, to help bring about that transforming change. When I try to change on my own power, I don’t do very well either. I need the transforming power of God! 🙂
    God bless you and thank you for praying for me and my family! What a blessing you are and I am excited that He would have you do that! 🙂

    p.s. Thanks to Ann for the wonderful song!!! Ann-full-of-grace brings a praise party along wherever she goes!

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