Theme of the Week: The Lord Is With You
Bible Verse: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm, and you will see the deliverance of the Lord will bring you today.” Exodus 14:13 NIV
Scripture Reading: Exodus 13:21-22, 14:10-14, 19-31
Throughout our lifetime, whether individually or collectively, we will experience unplanned events that will disrupt our lives without permission. How do we prepare ourselves for these uncertainties and still live a life of purpose?
Yesterday, we learned that before anything, we need to acknowledge that God is Lord over all. We can do nothing except through God, and we need to rely completely on him.
Once we acknowledge our dependency on the Lord, Scripture provides two valuable lessons from the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, which can help us respond to uncertainties in life.
We will take a look at these lessons over the next two days.
Lesson #1: Do what is obvious.
Instructed to follow the cloud by day and the fire at night, the Israelites obeyed. Eventually, they arrived at the Red Sea, trapped, with nowhere to go. Hearing the Egyptian army approaching, they were terrified. Again, instructed to “go through the sea on dry ground” to the other side, they obeyed. The other option was to stay and surrender to the Egyptians or be slaughtered by them! They chose the obvious and crossed.
Upon emerging from the Red Sea, they witnessed God’s power as the walls of water came crashing down. But, to experience his power, they first had to do what was obvious: Rely on him and cross the sea!
It first took this great show of God’s power to finally convince the Israelites to trust him. You and I should not need convincing; rather, we need to trust, then do what is obvious. The question to ask ourselves amid the chaos or uncertainties we are experiencing is: What is the obvious that I need to look for and do?
Do the obvious, and know that the Lord is with you.
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