Monday, April 8, 2013

When God Shows Up!

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But Moses answered, “Don't be afraid! Be brave, and you will see the Lord save you today. These Egyptians will never bother you again. The Lord will fight for you, and you won't have to do a thing.”

The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you keep calling out to me for help? Tell the Israelites to move forward. Then hold your walking stick over the sea. The water will open up and make a road where they can walk through on dry ground. I will make the Egyptians so stubborn that they will go after you. Then I will be praised because of what happens to the king and his chariots and cavalry. The Egyptians will know for sure that I am the Lord.”
All this time God's angel had gone ahead of Israel's army, but now he moved behind them. A large cloud had also gone ahead of them, but now it moved between the Egyptians and the Israelites. The cloud gave light to the Israelites, but made it dark for the Egyptians, and during the night they could not come any closer.

Moses stretched his arm over the sea, and the Lord sent a strong east wind that blew all night until there was dry land where the water had been. The sea opened up, and the Israelites walked through on dry land with a wall of water on each side.

Exodus 14:13-22

The cloud gave light to the Israelites but made it dark for the Egyptians! I really can't imagine what it would have been like to walk across the Red Sea on dry ground. The situation was desperate and impossible. There was no way for the Children of Israel to escape the army of Egypt. By all measures they were doomed until God intervened. When God parted the waters of the Red Sea, that miracle brought deliverance to the His people and death to the Egyptians!

The light of the cloud showed the way for God's people to escape from Egypt and it provided darkness for the Egyptian army so that they foolishly walked into the watery grave waiting for them.

Here is the lesson. Just because you see the power of God working around you, it doesn't mean that for you it will be a blessing. Whether or not the power of God brings deliverance or death is determined by who you are. If you have rejected Jesus and decided that your life will be better lived without God, then be very wary of demonstrations of God's power. You may be like one of Pharaoh's army seeing the dry land appear in the Red Sea.

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ and are being led by Him in the light of the cloud, then rejoice because His power will provide the way for you to escape the bondage and slavery of this world!

"Lord, I call out to You and thank You that Your power will provide the way for me to go today. I see the Red Sea before me and I hear Pharaoh's army behind me. And so I march toward the Red Sea and watch for the dry ground to appear! Thank you Jesus. Amen!"

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