Why is it hard for us to trust God, even when He has saved us in so many ways?
Read // Exodus 13:1-16
In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Exodus 13:14
After leaving Egypt, the Israelites were experiencing a particular kind of hopelessness. Even though they were leaving their hopeless situation in slavery, there were also leaving everything they had known. They were pursuing what they believed was the much better hope that God had for them in their future land. Enduring the wilderness was necessary for the Israelites to take hold of the promises God had for them. Even though they trusted God’s provision and future promises, the Israelites still struggled to hold onto hope in the wilderness.
The Israelites’ struggle in the wilderness is our today: we are quick to forget God’s goodness, provision, and gracious care. The constant call throughout the wilderness is to remember who God is and what He has done. This command is behind the order to consecrate every firstborn male during the feast of Unleavened Bread. The key to holding onto hope is remembering where we’ve been and staying focused on where we’re going.
Where in your past do you see God’s provision, protection, and care?
“Lord, help me to keep your past faithfulness ever before me and to trust you with my whole future.”
As a group or family, reflect on how the consecration of the firstborn not only pointed back to the story of the exodus but also forward to the story of Christ.