This morning at devotions, Mike shared with us from Exodus 14:1-31.
If we take time to pray in the midst of the storm, we will find out God’s purpose in it. (His purpose will always be to bring glory to himself.)
- Remember that God has a plan and he is in control of our lives. Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth… Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this.
- Call out to God in prayer (verse 10). As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD.
- God will fight for us, do not fear, stand firm (v. 13). Don’t flee, be proactive instead of reactive. Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
- God’s purpose is to be glorified (v. 18). The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
- The angel of the Lord is with you, as well as a cloud that is a wall around you (v. 19). Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.
- Mature in your faith (v. 31). And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.