Looking and Trembling

In our prayer meeting in Pulaski, we are reading through the book Patriarch’s and Prophets by Ellen White. Yesterday we were talking about the Israelites, their Exodus from Egypt and crossing of the Red Sea. Psalm 77 was referenced in the chapter, where Asaph writes a thrilling, poetic account of the occurrences that day. Here it is in the New Living Translation: “When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths. The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed. Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook. Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there! You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds” (Psalm 77:16-20, NLT).

Isn't that a powerful account? Think of how amazing it would have been to stand there as the waters saw God and trembled. Imagine the arrows of lightning as they flashed and the thunder rumbling in the sky. And yet, those who were there soon forgot the amazing things God had done for them. It seems that every time some new trouble showed up, they blamed Moses and wanted to go back to Egypt. Just a few days after the Red Sea had split for them to walk through, they again were complaining; this time, because they were out of food. "And the children of Israel said to them, 'Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger'” (Exodus 16:3). We can wonder at their unbelief, but how many times do we do the same thing? God shows us that He is powerful and that He can lead us and yet we doubt His love and goodness. Oh let us remember the working of God even when things don't seem to be going well, because the problem may very well be looking at God and trembling.