I arrived in Exodus yesterday on my one year journey through the Bible. This is one of the books of the Bible that many people know (or think they know) even if they don't spend much time in God's word. Hey, it's hard to get Charlton Heston out of your head! <g>
In chapter 4, Moses has returned to his people in Egypt by the command of God. He's been told what to say and he's been instructed on the miracles/signs he is to perform. He's even been given his brother Aaron to speak for him because Moses told the Lord, "I have never been eloquent… I am slow of speech and slow of tongue."
“Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; and Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. He then performed the signs in the sight of the people. So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.” (Exodus 4:29–31, NAS)
What struck me here was that the Hebrews required signs before they believed God and before they bowed down to worship the Lord. I'm not saying that was wrong for them, necessarily. But for a believer today, it's a different story.
My prayer, which I wrote in the margin of my Bible, became, "Lord, help me to believe You even when I see no signs and wonders."
This dovetails perfectly with my BSF study of Isaiah this past week which focused so much on trusting God no matter what crisis we find in our lives. Believers in Christ are required to live by faith; we can trust in God's compassion, His trustworthiness, and His promises that are always surpassingly sufficient for whatever enters our lives.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.