One of the most dramatic and important lessons to be learned from Israel’s exodus and journey to the Promised Land is the
faithfulness of God to His people. He showed them moment by moment every day that He was present with them and quite
willing to provide everything they needed. All they had to do was to look up at the cloud during the day or see the pillar of fire
at night to know beyond any doubt that God was with them. Furthermore, every need they had was taken care of by Him. Indeed,
God showed Himself to be the Faithful One. I like Nehemiah’s account of their journey (Nehemiah 9) in which he recounts that
God was faithful.
The day before their departure from Egypt God instructed the children of Israel to require of their Egyptian neighbors articles
of gold and silver and clothing. (Exodus 12:35-36) In a single day much of the wealth of that nation transferred hands to Israel.
Through this action God was preparing His people to supply the precious metals that would be needed to build the tabernacle.
We see the Faithful One at work.
Within a few days of their departure He proved His faithfulness to His people once again at the Red Sea. God provided an
angelic barrier between the camp of Israel and the camp of the Egyptians. (Exodus 14:19) This pillar of cloud provided light to
the chosen people but was darkness to the enemy. God is the Faithful One.
The Lord made the way through the Red Sea that had never been. The dry ground on which they walked was divine provision.
Then, He destroyed the Egyptian army in the same Red Sea through which Israel had passed just a short time before. The
Faithful One told Moses, “I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army…” (Exodus 14:4) And so He did. Israel was seeing
that time after time God did exactly what He had said He would do. He was proving to them He is the Faithful One.
Three days after the Red Sea miracle the children of Israel found themselves in the desert with no water in sight. They
complained against Moses thinking he had led them into the wilderness to die. When they finally found water at Marah it was
not fit for human consumption for the water was bitter. Did God show Himself to be the Faithful One again? Certainly! He
showed Moses a tree that he was to cast into the water to make the water drinkable. He is the Faithful One.
Two and one half months after their exodus from Egypt the people complained they had no food. From that point forward the
Lord provided bread in the form of manna for them each morning and quail for meat each evening. These supernatural
provisions attested to His love for them and to His faithfulness to provide for His covenant people. He is the Faithful One.
In many ways over those forty years we see how the Faithful One demonstrated His love to Israel. Whether God was providing
water from rock, shade from the burning desert sun, light to see at night, shoes that did not wear out, a total absence of
sickness or weakness, or victory over their enemies, He was confirming to them He would never leave them or forsake them
and that His covenant He would never violate. Indeed, God is the Faithful One.
Look at some other places in Scripture where the faithfulness of God is mentioned:
I Corinthians 1:9 – “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
I Corinthians 10:13 - “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow
you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to
II Corinthians 1:18 – “But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No.”
2 Timothy 2:12-14 - "If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He
remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself."
The faithfulness of God is a truth you can be assured of. He did not quit being faithful just because He finally got Israel to the
Promised Land. Down through the ages the Lord has shown Himself to be the Faithful One to His covenant family. You are a part
of that family if indeed you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Your family status assures you that your heavenly
Father will be faithful to you personally. He lives in you by His Holy Spirit, and He is at work 24/7 helping you, providing for you,
teaching you, showing you the way you should go, and moving you ever forward and upward in His plan for your life. He never
slumbers or sleeps. He never runs out of money. He is never confused as to what you should do. His love towards you never
lessens. And He never changes His mind about you. All of these are reasons why God is the Faithful One.
|Learning From Their Journey
|God Is The Faithful One
By Bishop Randy Barnett
“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand.
He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years
the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.”