Of Fear & Faith

"...Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:20b

I've been reading through Exodus, and have been constantly amazed at how superfluously God worked on behalf of the Israelites. Yet, they so mildly believed. God brought them out of the confinement and tortuous slavery they suffered under the Egyptians, and still they cried,

"...It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness."

"...What shall we drink?"

"...You have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

What sort of self absorption can blind man to a God working on their behalf?

The Lord sent plagues to destroy the Egyptians, and spared the Israelites. The Lord set the Israelites free, and fulfilled their vengeance by silencing the Egyptians in the crashing waves of the Red Sea. The Lord parted a sea, creating dry land for the Israelites to pass over. The Lord made bitter water sweet, and sent manna from the skies.

...and still, they doubted Him.

Exodus is a testament of God's faithfulness.

It is a testament of man's nature--to fear, falter, betray, and depend.

The parasitic nature of man collides in a melancholy display with the unendingly compassionate, and ever forgiving nature of God.

What if they had just simply believed?