This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “back.”
When I look back at the stories in the Bible, I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be there:
What would it have been like to follow Moses through the Red Sea as the walls of water stood tall on either side and the Egyptian army charged from behind?
How would it feel to watch David defeat Goliath with just a sling and a stone?
What must the people have thought when they saw Daniel emerge from a night in the lions’ den without even a scratch?
It’s easy to look back and feel like life back then was much more exciting. I’ve had children ask me why miracles happen all the time in the Bible but not today.
I have to remind them there were long periods in the Bible where nothing exciting was happening. There’s a lot of waiting and a lot of silence, which is often glossed over in a few words. “Forty years later…” sounds quick when you say it, but it can seem like an eternity when you live it waiting for a breakthrough or the fulfilment of a promise.
And as we look back at the lives of these Bible characters it’s important to remember that we serve the same God. We may not be asked to lead a group of people from slavery, or to defeat a giant. We may never be thrown into a lions’ den and experience a miraculous rescue. But God is still the same, and freeing people from slavery and oppression and protecting them in the midst of danger is still very much what God is about.
Moses and David and Daniel were just ordinary men. They were nothing special in themselves, but they served an extraordinary God. So as we look back, may their example inspire us that we serve a God who does the impossible, who acts in ways beyond our imaginings, and who uses ordinary men and women for his purposes.
Who knows how he wants to use us today?