September 9 - Exodus 14:1-9
September 9 – Exodus 14:1-9
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1 Then the LORD said to Moses,
2 “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea.
3 For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’
4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and
the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD.” And they did so.
5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”
6 So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him,
7 and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt
with officers over all of them.
8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the people of Israel while the people of Israel were going out defiantly.
9 The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped at the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.
Oh Pharaoh, you are so fickle and quick to forget God’s wrath. It didn’t take long for Pharaoh to question his decision to release the Israelites. So now we see an army preparing to attack and take back the Israelites who were encamped by the sea in the wilderness.
Although Pharaoh wasn’t a child of God, we can learn much from his actions. How are we sometimes like fickle Pharaoh and change our mind back and forth on what we should do?
What does that say about your faith?
Do you trust God’s plan or will for your life?
How do you discern God’s plan?
Heavenly Father, I know You must get frustrated beyond belief at times with how I change my mind from one minute to the next. It isn’t that I don’t believe You and what You have for me is always best, It is because I so often make decisions from a place of where my emotions are rather than on Your truth. How often I trust my “feelings” rather than You. What a silly thing to do. I know feelings can’t be trusted. Satan loves to manipulate feelings. I see it often in Your Word and it never ends up like I think it should, but I still seem to follow my changeable and unreliable emotions rather than leaning into You and the truth of what You do for me. Help me see truth and act of truth. Help me not allow my gullible emotions to sway me into making decisions that don’t honor You. I want to praise You and honor You, and I need help remembering what I am about. Satan loves to get my focus on things that don’t matter in the scheme of things, and so often I get caught up in his web of lies. Please protect me Father from him and his lies.
In Jesus’ name.