Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Deliverance of the Lord

We all face trials. We all face hard times. We all face difficult circumstances. Sometimes we can avoid them, but often we have to walk through them. In every case, we need the Lord’s power and deliverance.

In Exodus 14 the Israelites had just left Egypt. They had seen the plagues God had unleashed on the Egyptians. They had experienced the Passover. They had plundered the Egyptians of their silver, gold, and fine clothing.

In chapter 14 the Egyptians changed their minds and pursued the Israelites. The Israelites had been led by a pillar of fire right up to the edge of the sea, and they seemed trapped between the sea and the Egyptians. A disaster seemed eminent. They were going to die in the desert.

But, God delivered!

Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” (Exodus 14:13)

We all know the rest of the story. The Lord parted the Red Sea, the Israelites crossed on dry ground, the Egyptians followed, God closed up the sea, and all of the Egyptians were killed.

God delivered!

What can we learn from this?

1.       Do not be afraid. Trust in God. Believe in Jesus. Pray for peace from the Holy Spirit. God is watching, listening, completely aware of your situation, able to help, loving and compassionate, and has the best plan for you.

2.       Stand firm. Continue to honor the Lord no matter the circumstance. Continue to do the right thing and to complete the jobs he has called you to do. Continue to trust him for the future. Pray for faithfulness, courage, and confidence.

3.       Watch the deliverance of the Lord. Anticipate God will rescue you. Watch him meet your needs in the midst of trials. See him hold you strong even if you have to walk completely through the trial. Trust he will hear and answer your prayers.

4.       Rejoice. When the dust settles, even if multiple years later, take time to rejoice in the good God has brought through your trial. Celebrate when he delivers. Shout for joy when he heals. Praise him when he makes you stronger in faith and character. God is good and worthy of our praise.

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