Day 34

Day 34 Reading – Exodus Chapter 13-15

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD.  They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?  What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

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. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.  Exodus 14:10-15 NIV

And there you have it.  The complaining begins just as the journey out of Egypt begins.

The car isn’t out of the neighborhood and already the shouts are coming from the back seat, “Are we there yet? How much longer?”

God’s patience is on display again.

This time he parts the sea in spectacular fashion.

Surely the people will then know that God is with them to protect them!

Can you imagine the celebration as the sea crashed in on the pursuing army?

Their captors are now finally defeated and they are truly free!

I think the sea filled back in so that the people would know that there was no road back to Egypt – a road back to captivity  (Remember it won’t be long before they are faced with difficulty and begin to wish again for the “good old days”).

We are often like that in our relationship with God.

We love God when life is good, but send a little difficulty into our lives and we are ready to return to our old ways – the ways we prayed God would release us from.

How quickly we forget.

In your relationship with God, what is causing you to want to return to your life of captivity?  What has blurred your vision leaving you you to believe the good old days were better than today?

As Dad used to say, “Do you need me to pull the car over?”

Do you need a reminder that there is no turning back?

 

Day 35 Reading – Exodus Chapters 16-18

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I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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