The children of Israel were far from perfect when I began to step in to intervene on their behalf. My purposes were continuously being accomplished in this people group throughout the generations, and still continue to be.
I had made covenant with their fathers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (whose name I changed to Israel—Genesis 32:24-28) to give the “promised land” to the descendants. As I prophesied to Abram in Genesis 15:13-16, “Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years….But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again.”
I took them there to grow them as a people and to allow human nature to take it’s course among the inhabitants of the Promised Land. The Canaanites became so gross in their sin that the land “vomited them out” (Leviticus 18:21-25).
Human nature was also at work in the children of Israel who had become comfortable in Egypt. I had to allow them to become enslaved and suffer under their taskmasters to make them uncomfortable in Egypt, so that they would cry out to Me for deliverance.
I had brought the circumstances to bear. All the ingredients were there to bring My judgment upon idolatrous Egypt, destroying the dominion of each of their gods by the plagues I sent. And when I brought the children of Israel into the Promised Land, it was to bring judgment upon the iniquity and idolatry that had overrun that Land.
The children of Israel were also exhibiting their human nature and continued with their complaining even after I delivered them from their taskmasters by My mighty, supernatural miracles. Complaining had so become their custom and habit that they didn’t know any other way.
Miriam and all the ladies conducted a “thanksgiving dance” on the far shore of the Red Sea in answer to Moses’ song. When they saw My final great triumphs over Egypt on the shores of the Red Sea, they feared Me and believed Me (Exodus 14:31).
I continued to provide miracles for this bitter, complaining people because of My covenant with their fathers. A few of them truly followed after Me with their hearts, which greatly pleased Me.
Do not expect perfection from the people I will raise up in these days. Each of My heroes of valor in history had flaws. They were only mortal and I chose to use them anyway. I can work with any available vessel and I turn their mistakes for good.
Keep your eyes on Me and let Me orchestrate the changes that need to take place. I not only have your best interests at heart, but also My purposes of fulfilling My Word and My Covenants. Walk humbly with Me and watch Me perform miracles. Stay close to My heart and walk in My ways.
In Quietness and Confidence by Sharon Buss
Available from our webstore: