Believe and Worship

Exodus 4:31

Sculpture at entrance of Mt. Nebo

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And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

Exodus 4:31, ESV

We are often comforted when shown that our Lord knows our suffering and afflictions. However, the reality of our suffering is more often created through our own prior unbelief. The suffering the people of Israel faced was because the people of Israel forgot the promises given to Abraham of the land in their comfort in Egypt, and the next Egyptian Pharoah forgot the blessings given to them through Joseph because of God. The Egyptians never bowed to the one true God, and the Israelites forgot to only bow to the one true God. It is a common issue still. We have people that forget to live in reflection of God’s blessings, and those that are rebellious to God become emboldened by what they perceive as a lack of action by God. Many sadly mistake God’s mercy for lack of ability or existence. Yet, history has shown this error and the fatal consequences that fall on the most rebellious. God knows our pain and our suffering. He is with us in our afflictions. As we weep for the loss of loved ones, the tears of God are next to us. Our God raises an army of warriors carried to the battles on their knees in humble submission and prayer. Those that wish to harm further endanger themselves as they will be swept up and cast away by the God who sees. Let us pray for the hardened hearts and cry out in worship to the one true God.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.