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Twenty-two people in the Bible who had to be more patient than you: Miriam - 17 August 2023

By Xanthe Hancox

Bible text(s)

20The prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took her tambourine, and all the women followed her, playing tambourines and dancing. 21Miriam sang for them:

“Sing to the LORD, because he has won a glorious victory;

he has thrown the horses and their riders into the sea.”

Exodus 15:20-21GNBOpen in Bible reader

The shores of the Red Sea witnessed an extraordinary spectacle – a jubilant celebration led by Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. However, this triumphant song and dance were not just a response to a single moment; they were the culmination of years of patient waiting, enduring faith, and unwavering trust in God’s promises.

Miriam’s journey through the pages of Scripture reveals a woman of steadfast patience. She grew up amid adversity, witnessing the oppression of her people and the miraculous calling of Moses to lead them to freedom. She waited as God’s plan unfolded, and she saw her brother confront Pharaoh with God’s demand: “Let my people go.” Through plagues and hardship, Miriam’s faith remained strong, even when the path ahead was uncertain.

And then came the moment of liberation – the crossing of the Red Sea. As the Israelites walked on dry land and witnessed the Egyptian army’s defeat, Miriam’s patient faith found its expression in exuberant celebration. Her tambourine became an instrument of praise, and her voice echoed the gratitude that had been building over years of waiting.

Her willingness to wait, trust, and endure paved the way for an outpouring of joy that resonated through history.

Let us celebrate God’s faithfulness even before the waters part, trusting that he is leading us to a place of victory. Like Miriam, may our patient celebration inspire others to join in singing the praises of our mighty God.

Prayer: Gracious Father, help us to patiently endure and find joy in your faithfulness. Just as Miriam’s patience bore fruit in celebration, may our lives be a testament to your unfailing love and providence. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

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