Thursday, January 26, 2012

you see God work

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.

I cannot imagine what it must have been like to have crossed the Jordan River on dry land.  The people of God had so much on their side.  We have much to learn from them.

They had the promises of God.  When the people left Egypt, nothing seemed easy, yet God led them and continued to give His promises.  Each day the promises were seen.  But 40 years of believing promises is tough.  We as humans and too often give up or give in and just walk away.  Following God and believing His promises has great reward.

They had the provision of God.  I read this morning about God providing the food they needed while they were in the desert.  Some people complained and didn’t listen to what God said.  After a while they learned to trust God.  Daily God was going to provide.  He also provided for them to be able to travel and to see his guiding each day and each night.

Maybe the biggest piece God’s people had was the protection of God.  This happened in many ways, shapes and forms.  The Jordan River as the verse above reminds us was an incredible picture of what God can and will do.  It was a huge body of water.  There was no way to cross it until God provided.  The Bible says that God’s people walked across the Jordan River on dry ground.  It also says that when all of the people of God got to the other side that the Jordan came back to life again flooding where it had flowed before they crossed.  The people of Egypt who pursued and were ready to kill God’s people were killed themselves.  God confused them and then drowned them.

God gave His people promises, provision and protection.  Doesn’t he do that for us too?  He does.  It is time to trust God and to live our lives in the shadow of what God promises and provides and in His protection each day.

Celebrate as you see God work.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

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