I have been told that the definition of mediocre is inconsistency. I agree – a lack of consistency will get you mediocre results every time.
If I had to use one work to describe the Israelites after they were freed from Egypt, I would use inconsistent.
We read in Exodus the dramatic account of God dividing the Red Sea to let the Israelites go through on dry land – a wall of water on their right and a wall of water on their left. Wow!
Then God drowns the Egyptian army right in front of their eyes. That’s exactly what should have happened to the Israelites! But it didn’t.
We’re told in Exodus 14 that the people “feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”
They actually trusted God and Moses for just a very short time before they started grumbling. Right after their song of praise to God, we read they are complaining that they were going to die out in the desert.
Inconsistent. “I believe” one day. “Oh, maybe I don’t” the next.
Is our faith like that? One day we’re trusting God with everything and the next we’re grumbling and doubting?
This really challenges me because I don’t want to have an inconsistent, mediocre faith. I don’t want to have the same ‘on again, off again’ response to God that the Israelites had.
That kind of faith will not stand strong through the trials that keep coming my way. A mediocre faith will sink under the waves of frustration, anger, sadness and pain that wash over me as I try to deal with all the ‘stuff’ life throws at me.
A mediocre faith just won’t cut it for me. So consistency is one of my goals.
I have found that this helps – when I feel doubts and questions starting to surface, I remind myself of the many ways God has blessed me in the past. I remember all of the promises he has kept and all of the mercy he has shown me through the years. Remembering his faithfulness to me helps me continue to be faithful back to him.
Thank you, Abba Father.