Divine Magnanimity

When the Israelites saw the Egyptian army approaching them at the Red Sea, they became angry at God. Their rekindled faith in him, inspired by their newfound freedom, was crushed by the prospect of impending doom.

God did not ridicule the Israelites for their disbelief.

He did not punish them for their insolence. He did not respond to their anger and cynicism with pique and petulance. He did not deem the Israelites unworthy of rescue, because they exhibited imperfect faith in the face of danger.

Instead, God followed through with his plan to return the Israelites to their ancestral homeland. He parted the Red Sea and dried a path on the seabed that was broad enough to quickly evacuate of millions of people and their animals.

Why? Because God had obligated himself to come to their aid, and his commitment was not conditioned on their correct response to adversity.

The same is true with us.

No matter how long we have been walking in harmony with God, distress can turn our affection for him into anger, and incite cynicism about his existence, goodness, and relevance.

Fortunately for us, God’s promise of aid is not conditioned on our correct response to suffering. He remains fully committed to helping us, despite our mistrust. We simply need to access his aid.

To do that, we must realign our view of God with his self-revelation, as disclosed in nature and the Bible, confess our distrust, accept his forgiveness, and walk in harmony with him.