Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
"Then the LORD gave these instructions to Moses: 'Order the Israelites to turn back and camp by Pi-hahiroth between Migdol and the sea. Camp there along the shore, across from Baal-zephon. Then Pharaoh will think, "The Israelites are confused. They are trapped in the wilderness!" And once again I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD!' So the Israelites camped there as they were told. …
The Egyptians chased after them with all the forces in Pharaoh's army—all his horses and chariots, his charioteers, and his troops. The Egyptians caught up with the people of Israel as they were camped beside the shore near Pi-hahiroth, across from Baal-zephon.
As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the LORD, and they said to Moses, 'Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren't there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn't we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, "Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It's better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!'"
But Moses told the people, 'Don't be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.'"
God told the people, through Moses, that he would cause Pharaoh to chase after them and that this would be for God's glory. They camped where he told them, but they obviously didn't understand what God said because when they saw the Egyptians coming after them, they panicked. So Moses reiterated the promise that God would deliver them. They just had to stand and watch what God would do. How many times have you doubted his promises because you were looking at your circumstances? Stand still and watch God come through on his promise!
Monday, October 10, 2011
"The LORD went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. And the LORD did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people."
God guided his people by day and by night. He led them by something that contrasted with their environment: a pillar of cloud by day, a pillar of fire by night. Do you need God's direction? His guidance may be something you won't see if you're looking at your environment. You need to look to God's Word and allow the Holy Spirit in you to point the way. Those are the two things he'll never remove.