September 11 – Exodus 14:15-20
September 11 – Exodus 14:15-20
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15 The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.
16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.
17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen.
18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
19 Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them,
20 coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night.
It’s sometimes hard to understand fear. Think of a time your children were frightened. It may not have made sense to you, but you were there to console, comfort and offer support. God does the same. Frankly, I think, “how ridiculous the Israelites acted having just been freed from the Egyptians in a miraculous way and then suffering what seemed to be amnesia, not trusting or having faith in God’s promise.”
Oh but, how often am I just like the Israelites? How often do I fail to recall how good God has been to me? How often do I fail to thank God for His extraordinary love?
Reflect on how God has provided for you time and time again and thank Him today for his grace, love, mercy and unfailing love.
Heavenly Father, I am so like the children of Israel in so many ways. Fear so often keeps me from thinking as I should. How often You have shown me Your power, strength, love, grace, and mercy, yet my actions are as if I don’t even know You. I want to reflect You in my actions. I want people to see You when they see me, but I fail You so often. There are days I feel I trip on every step I take in my attempt to be a godly woman. Help me remember I will always fail when I try to do anything in my own power. How often do I act on my own when all I need to do is allow You to be my hands and feet? How often do I speak on my own when I just need to wait for You to give me the words?
Help me Father to remember anything I do on my own is like filthy rags. Only what I do with You and for You is worth anything. On my own, I am nothing. The times I don’t allow You to guide me end up disastrous. I have hurt people and lost friendships when I don’t lean into You. I know everything happens for a reason, and I almost always see in hindsight how You use the most frustrating and difficult times of my life to grow me, change me and teach me. Thank You for allowing those mistakes to at least bring some good to my life and help me use those to help others.
I’m so grateful You don’t judge as the world does or I would be forever removed from Your sight.
Help me use what You teach me to help me not make the same mistakes again and again. I think of Abraham continuing to introduce his wife as his sister, even though he knew that was sin. How often I ask how he could sin the same way again and again, yet I look at my own life and my own heart and I see that my intention is to do Your will, yet my actions don’t always reflect that.
Help the desires of my heart become what has always been the desire of Your heart. I want so much to be a reflection of You and Your love to all I encounter, but I know only in You is that possible.
In Jesus name,