The Depths of Belief
In Hebrew,the depths of belief, faith, and trust are all one in the same and can be expressed as, aman.
In comparison with the New Living Translation, the New International Version of this verse interprets awe as fear, or reverence.
"When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before Him. They put their faith in the Lord and in His servant Moses."
(Exodus 14:31, NLT)
Midway through this text, the Israelites spoke against Moses. They felt that it would have been more beneficial to return to what was familiar - the bondage of slavery.
Ultimately, they agreed to mobilize and fled the Egyptians by walking through the parted Red Sea.
Verse 31 serves as the climax to the Israelites' rescue from Egyptian oppression. It is here that they decided to put their aman in God and Moses.
After their deliverance, the Israelites were confident (they trusted, believed, and had faith) that God was their redeemer and Moses was God's servant.
This was the first step in a long process of learning how to relate to God.
What if they had chosen not to believe? What if they chose instead to return to Egypt? The Promised Land would have been nothing more than a fantasy.
Plunging into Belief
About seven years ago, God sent me a Moses. Like the Israelites, I found it difficult to believe that this person had my best interests at heart.
I was also resistant to the idea that I could be delivered from the bondage that had a grip on me at the time.
But had I not risked believing, I would not have had the opportunity to dive into the deep sea of the growth process.
My goals did not seem attainable. My purpose was unclear. I chose to take the risk and plunge into the depths of belief.
The First Step
Belief is the very first step towards revealing the infinite possibilities that are uniquely available to you.
What do you trust, believe, and have faith in? What or who do you rely upon? Is your purpose a distant fantasy or are you confident that your Promised Land is fully accessible by faith?
Consider the possibilities of belief. How would you assess these possibilities based upon what you believe right now? How would you reassess these possibilities after placing your aman in God?
The very depths of your existence lie in what you choose to believe.
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