4 Attitudes That Can Make or Break Your Faith
We all know certain external elements can be damaging to our walk of faith, but our choice of attitudes can also be destructive. As I read the book of Exodus and compared the attitudes of the people of Israel with mine, I realized that there is nothing new under the sun.
Here are four attitudes the people of Israel had adopted while leaving Egypt, and how to use their story as a cautionary tale to choose better. Unless you want to stay in the desert for a while.
Lack of Vision
When God called Moses to return to Egypt after a long time in the desert, it was to deliver His people from slavery. And so, Moses went before Pharaoh and asked him to let his people go. Pharaoh chose instead to increase the work load of the Israelites.
That was the first of Israel’s complaints about the work of deliverance God had begun. They told Moses something like “Thanks, man! May God punish you seriously for the fire you brought on us!” They lacked the vision to recognize what was really going on and were quite upset.
When God does something in your life, there will be resistance. We have an enemy and his minions who want nothing but to destroy us. And there is the flesh resistance too. When we begin a new prayer discipline for instance, we get tired, distracted, etc. Expect the resistance, and stay focused, for this is a mark that something great is happening.
Victim & Victor Attitudes
Over and over again, we find the Israelites accusing God, and accusing Moses of putting them in a difficult position. The process to get out of slavery and into the promised land comes with a price they don’t want to pay. They want to have their cake and eat it too.
I’ve struggled with this so much when I moved abroad. I was mad at God and my husband for the total discomfort I experienced. Now I know that there would be no growth without discomfort. When I ditched the victim attitude and owned the process, I really started to see what God was doing in my life. My whole outlook on the situation changed as a result.
What is God doing in your life? How can you own the process? You are not a victim of God’s plan, you are a co-heir with Christ. What you are going through now, you can face head on, or get pulled through. The choice is up to you.
Letting Fear Lead You
In all fairness, I don’t know how I would have reacted in their place. Here they are, in the desert, a crowd of people that just left 430 years of slavery, and as they take one bite of freedom, an army comes rushing toward them in the middle of the night with swords and spears and the whole shebang.
The Bible says the Israelites looked at the situation and began panicking. They told Moses they preferred slavery to death. To which Moses replied something like, “Keep calm, and let God fight for you.” (Ex.14:14)
I believe there is a reason we are to walk by faith and not by sight. What God is doing is not always obvious. And if we give in to current circumstances, we are in for disappointment. But we can keep calm and focus on God’s truth. After all, if God is for us, who can be against us?
Lingering in the Past
After crossing the Red Sea, and finding themselves in the wilderness, the Israelites experienced an unknown reality. They were to entirely depend on God for their food and water. Once more, they were disappointed with the outcome. They kept complaining about how good Egypt was to them. They had meat, cucumbers, garlic, etc.
You’d believe for a second that they were kings in Egypt and not slaves. Funny how human memory works, right? It’s like someone becoming a believer and rehashing all the good times they used to have when unsaved, leaving out the hell they got out of. In both cases, it’s time to embrace, freedom, joy, peace, hope, love, grace and so much more even if it means it lies in the unfamiliar.
The truth is, we will have hard seasons, but we have God. He has way more for us than all this world can ever offer. Let’s stop trying to find ourselves in the past and let’s walk head on right in God’s good plans for us. Your best days are straight ahead.
What does Egypt represent for you? What is holding you captive and needs to go?
Caroline is a Jesus girl more than anything. Even if often in the US and Canada, she lives in West Africa with her husband JB, and daughter Imela Christy. She is a writer, a minister, and a faith resource creator. She enjoys travelling, coffee, and friends.
Hey there, I'm Caroline
I've been a follower of Jesus for over a decade, and a minister for almost just as long. My passion is to know God better, and help you know Him better too. I answer real questions with real answers, for a real faith in a real God.