In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe. (NIV) Psalm 78:32
God miraculously delivered the Israelites after 430 years of slavery in Egypt. Time and time again God demonstrated His power and dominion over nature and mankind as He rescued and guided the Israelites to the land He had promised them.
He split the Red Sea, making the water stand firm like a wall on either side of them and allowed the Israelites to escape the pursuing Egyptian army. (Psalm 78:13)
He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.(Psalm 78:14)
He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water (Psalm 78:15)
He rained down food (manna) from the sky for the people to eat (Psalm 78:24)
He rained meat (quail) down on them and they ate until they were filled (Psalm 78:27-29)
Miracle after miracle, and yet the Israelites continued to sin against God…”in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.” But, before we’re too quick in pointing a finger of disgust at the Israelites, let’s inspect our own lives.
What kind of miracles has God done in your life? How about God’s demonstration of his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NIV). Or the miracle of new life through believing in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4 NIV). Our own relationship with God is nothing short of a miracle!
Take some time today and look back. . . look back at all that God has done in your life. Keep your eyes on Him so that it will not be said of you. . . “In spite of God’s wonders, his or her heart was not loyal to God.”