Characteristics of God Devotions

Deliverance From Egypt

How have you sat down and soaked up the goodness, glory, and greatness of our God? Has it been a while? Or, recent?

I don’t think we could ever spend too much time with the Lord Jesus. My favorite TV shows, on the other hand, I definitely spend too much time enjoying.

So right now, I am truly trying to seek more of the Lord and so I am reading through the book of Exodus. The defining characteristic of my reading plan is – it is set to my pace. There is no reminder of the many days I have missed. It is simply about me and my great God.

Exodus 13-14 are amazing to my soul. It talks about the great power of our God and how He does things to show His glory. And as the people of Israel are leaving Egypt, the Lord is the One who is giving them the strength they need.

While my place of suffering (my Egypt, if you will) doesn’t feel like there is an opening of the Red Sea anytime soon, I know the Lord will give me the strength to endure and to display His glory through my life.

The Lord will make a way, even in the midst of suffering we are wondering if it will ever end. He did for the Israelites. How much more will He for us – whom His Son Jesus died and rose again for? He will do far more than we expect or imagine (Eph. 3:20)

There are a few key Scriptures from my reading that I want to share with you – today. I love each of these Scriptures, as they each remind me that the Lord is our Rescuer. He is the One who helps us get out of slavery to sin. He is the One who rescued the Israelites from the land and people of Egypt – even when it felt impossible to do so. And it is all for the Lord’s glory. We need to be reminded how the Lord will and does work on our behalf.

It isn’t about my strength whatsoever. It is about my God and the power He possesses. It is about His mighty hand and what He can do.

“So Moses said to the people, “This is a day to remember forever—the day you left Egypt, the place of your slavery. Today the Lord has brought you out by the power of his mighty hand (Ex. 13:3).”

I love the action verses. God led. God guided. God was heavily involved in Israel’s emancipation. And He is the reason why I don’t have to be a slave to sin anymore. And He is even working in every bit of my trials, so that His glory may be powerfully on display. It is all for Him and so others can come to know Him through His Son Jesus Christ who carried our sins, died a sinner’s death, and rose again to give us reconciliation to the Father and eternal life. My relationship is set in stone if you will.

“So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle (Ex. 13:18).”

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 (Ex. 13:21).”

“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 (Ex. 14:4).”

This next Scripture is as you will notice, my favorite of them all. I highly recommend memorizing them. Verse 14 is pretty easy to memory, especially with the chapter and verse being the same number. Definitely add this to your “to-do” list!

“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 (Ex. 14:13-14).”

Now we see the whole picture coming together.

“But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. That is how the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day. And the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the seashore. When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses (Ex. 14:29-31).”

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