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Scripture Reading for January 23rd: Exodus 13-15
Have you ever followed the Lord’s direction and gotten into more trouble than you bargained for? Moses had obeyed the Lord and witnessed the 10 plagues that humbled Pharaoh. He and Israel had experienced God’s protection and blessing throughout this time, even though they were slaves in Egypt. The final plague had convinced Pharaoh to send the Israelites away. The Egyptians gave them many items of silver and gold and God healed their bodies so that there was not one sick among a million or more Israelites. The lamb that they had eaten and the blood over their doors had brought them amazing deliverance and blessing! But, trouble was lurking not far behind them and would soon put them between the proverbial “rock and hard place”!
Then Pharaoh changed his mind. He ordered all his army into mobilization and hot pursuit! The Israelites, under the direction of the Cloud and Fire of God’s Presence, were camped in the desert by the Red Sea. They looked up and saw the army of Egypt bearing down on them and “cried out to the Lord”. (Exodus 14:10-13) They blamed God and Moses for bringing them out in the desert to die! What had started out with such joy and blessing now looked like trouble–or death!
But if God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31) When you follow His instructions, the journey may get wild and even scary at times, but you will enjoy the ending! God told Moses to hold out his staff over the waters. The waters parted and the Israelites walked over on dry ground between two walls of water. As soon as the Egyptians were between the walls of water, their wheels started to come off and the Lord fought against them. Moses held out his staff again and the Egyptians were all drowned in the surging sea!
The lessons for us are plain! Stay connected with God and trust Him no matter what obstacles you face. When you find yourself between a “rock and a hard place”, God will direct the way! Stand still and see the salvation of God! (Exodus 14:13)