September 12 – Exodus 14:21-25
September 12 – Exodus 14:21-25
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21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And in the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, 25 clogging[b] their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”
Once again, we see God preparing the way of the Israelites. He used a strong east wind to divide the sea and dry the land so that the Israelites had sure footing as they made their way on dry land. God caused panic to be present in the Egyptian forces. He clogged their wheels, so movement was hard. God prevailed and the Egyptians were afraid. Think about your life. Have you personally experienced the protection of the Lord? Has He freed you from your enemies?
What a mighty God we serve. Take some time right now to thank Him for all He has done for you and the protection that only He can provide. Even more important, tell someone today of all the good you have seen because of your relationship with God.
Heavenly Father, how often I feel utter panic when something happens in my life. Sometimes it is because I’m facing something new, or because I have been through something similar before and I just can’t imagine going through it again, and then there are the times where I am focused so much on what is happening around me that I lost track of what is important. You, Father. I have to keep my eyes on You. That is when the trials of the world can come into focus. You alone can help me see the truth in what is going on.
Sometimes my emotions get in the way. When my feelings get hurt and all I can think is that I want someone to understand me and love me…then I remember You are there. You hold me and tell me You love me, and You always will.
There are times I see people around me getting away with horrible things and You call me on a little white lie, and I think…I wish someone would see that this isn’t right and bring things into a place of fairness…Then I remember You are there and You remind me that life isn’t fair, and You discipline YOUR children, not ALL children.
Sometimes I am tired, and I wish Jesus would come back and get me…then I remember You are there and You tell me You have the perfect time for His return, and I don’t have to wait much longer…just hold on a little longer.
I’m so thankful that in these and many other times when I feel at a loss for what to do, You are there. You are there to hold me, love me, remind me who You are and that You have a plan, and remind me that You will never leave me.
Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness to carry me through every single day!
In Jesus name.