7. Our Eternal Hope

7.  God Gives Hope by Miracles

Psalm 78

Psalm 78:4, 7

We will not hide them from their children…That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

When a mother hen senses danger, she hides her brood under her wings. People have found the scarred body of a hen, with her babies safe under her wings. God cares for His children as mother hens. He wants us to pass on His teachings from the Bible to our children, and our grandchildren.

God performed many miracles for Israel. When they came to the Red Sea, the children of Israel looked behind them. They saw the Egyptian army marching after them. They trembled and cried out to Moses, “Why did you take us away to die in the wilderness?”

Moses tried to comfort his people. “Fear ye not,” he said, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Lift up your rod, stretch out your hand over the sea, divide it. The children of Israel shall go out on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”

God sent a pillar of cloud between the Israelites and the Egyptians. It darkened the skies for the Egyptians, but shed light for the children of Israel.

Moses held out his rod over the Red Sea. God sent a strong wind to hold back the waters. They formed a way on both sides of them. By night possibly as many as 3,000,000 Israelites crossed over this sea on dry land.

The next morning the Egyptian army pursued after them. The LORD brought trouble upon the enemy. Chariot wheels stuck in the mud and fell off into the rushing waters. The Egyptian army drowned in the Red Sea with their horses.

The children of Israel sang, “Thy right hand, O LORD, is become great in power. Thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy” (Exodus 14: 10-25; 12:1-6).

He performed many more miracles for Isreal. They crossed the Jordan River on dry land at flood stage. He fed them and gave them water in a barren land for forty years. He delivered three men from a fiery furnace. He delivered Daniel from the lion’s den and Jonah from a whale.

God performed many wonders for me. Every week Grace and I taught children in the Blackfoot Area above Missoula, Montana. One time with only a learner’s permit, I drove the car. Two eighteen-wheelers rolled toward me. In Psalm 121:8 God said, “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth.” He cared for me in this predicament.

God sent His angels to hold back these big trucks, guide me safely across the road, and help me park beside the road.* My God is powerful and He is faithful.

He has saved me from disaster many other times. One time He saved me from deep waters when I fell in a pond. While riding a horse, the saddle slipped to the side. God kept the horse still, and sent my uncle to the rescue. When we lived in Dallas, Texas in a shack, about five tornados landed in a circle a few miles from us. The Lord kept them from crushing our shack. God is good to me. My hope is in Him.

Israel acted much like we do at times. They turned back in the day of battle, and refused to walk in God’s law. They forgot His works and His wonders. They spoke against God in unbelief. They flattered their Creator with their mouths, but lied unto Him with their tongues. They provoked many times in the wilderness, and grieved Him. By tempting Him, they limited His great power. They provoked Him to anger with idols, and moved Him to jealousy with images.

What can we do about all this? It pleases God when we put out full trust in Him, set our hope upon Him, obey Him, and keep faithful to Him and His house.

*Published in Explorer in 1984, and  Highway News and Good News,  October 2007. ©1984 Lynn Wallace.

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