Monday, September 25, 2006

Daily Thoughts – The Almighty’s Awesome Deeds: Superpower Washout

Israel saw the great power that the LORD used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses. (Exodus 14:31)

One of the reasons why I love the Bible so much is because it can be so exciting and humorous to engage with it. For example in this same chapter we have Moses and the Israelites challenged by the might of the Egyptian army in pursuit from behind and the great Red Sea in front. Moses endeavouring to keep all well tells the people not to be afraid as God surely will deliver. Then he goes to God Himself and checks exactly how He’s going to deliver to which God almost off-handedly says ‘Why are you asking me? You’re the guy with the stick! Give it some!’ (Verses 13-16.)

What is so hugely encouraging about this episode is the manner in which God states consistently over the time that He has orchestrated events perfectly for His glory to be seen. Reading the thrilling journey of how over a million people crossed dry land and the world’s greatest superpower of the time were drowned like rats never fails to excite me. Seeing God in action like that, no wonder the people responded as they did.

It makes it even more tragic that the slavery mentality of the people would cost a generation the chance to experience the promised land God had promised to their forefathers. And the key to that is when we forget the awesome deeds of the Almighty and get mired in the temporary inconveniences of the present. Rather we should see that He is not only capable but willing to show Himself strong in any given situation even when things look particularly daunting. Knowing that He’s done it before on many occasions for all different characters should strengthen our faith in Him to be faithful in completing the work He’s started in us. That’s why it’s so exciting to know that nothing can separate us from His love because it’s that love which sees Him do such awesome deeds on behalf of His people for His glory.

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