September 3 – Exodus 12:37-39
September 3 – Exodus 12:37-39
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the people of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. A mixed multitude also went up with them, with tons of livestock, both flocks and herds. And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.
Think of the shear dynamics of moving 600,000 men plus women, children, multitudes of other people, livestock, flocks, and herds with their departure…their exodus.
What are some questions that loom in your mind regarding their hasty departure and journey in the wilderness?
What prayers do you think they cried out to God?
Were they filled with wonder?
Do you think joy or fear gripped them?
Who do you think were the mixed multitudes? Maybe those who had been touched by God’s people and their faith, or maybe some who had somehow become slaves, although not Jewish, and took this chance to leave Egypt?
Try to imagine yourself as a sojourner with the Israelites. Sometimes we’re called to situations with little guidance, direction, and few answers. How do you handle these situations? Do you turn to God and ask Him to strengthen your trust and faith?
Do you worry about the future and what’s to come?
Pray that God will equip you for life situations and that you will fully trust Him as He guides you through your earthly life.
Heavenly Father, I know there is really no way to be prepared for what changes You might bring my way. I know most of the surprise factor You bring to my life is because You know I couldn’t handle knowing ahead of time because I would need to make sense of it, process what that would mean for my family, friends, what I would need to pack and who I would need to tell, how I would need to prepare to be away from my home, my work and take my pups with me…I would be so involved in trying to get everything just right and be prepared, that I wouldn’t hear what You were telling me to do in the moment. Thank You Father for knowing me so well, that You do everything exactly as I need, not necessarily as I want. Help me to be able to keep my eyes on You and not the surroundings of people, places and things. It isn’t that I shouldn’t care about the people, places and things, but I know if I follow You, then I don’t have to worry about the other things impacted because You care more about having everything in place than I ever could. I know You will take care of all the pieces that are impacted.
Why is it Father that I say, I trust You with everything, and I know You created me, my family, and everything I have ever seen or touched, but I can’t seem to trust enough to let go and follow You in the way You ask me to in Luke 9:23 when You said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
I so want to deny myself completely and follow You wherever You lead. I know I have fear and I know it doesn’t make sense to fear when You are the One I am following. You will never lead me astray and You will never lead me where You aren’t there with me.
I believe, help me with my unbelief.
In Jesus’ name.