The Israelites often lost faith that they belonged to God and that He would provide for them. They had a long history of God’s care – rescuing them from their slavery in Egypt, excluding them from many disasters that He brought upon the Egyptians, passing over their first born when all the Egyptian first born were taken, providing food and water in the desert and on and on… But still, when the going got rough they would forget that God had been there for them in the past, and they would lose faith in God to work out the current circumstances. It grieved God’s heart.
I sometimes do that myself. There are so many situations in which God has protected me, but I do not always remember when I am in a tight spot. It is good for me to count my blessings regularly so that I will remember God’s faithfulness when times are difficult.
There are times when God’s direction seems unclear and I wonder if God is still leading. It may be that He is testing me to see if I will remain steady. God may also be waiting for me to take care of things I know I should do but have not done yet before He gives me new opportunities.
In any case, God wants us to hold fast to the faith that He is near and will not abandon the plan He has for my life and yours.
God does not forget us.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy
Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us
through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great
priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a
sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled
to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed
with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10: 19-23