Scripture to Read: Exodus 14:1–4
We began to unpack the fact that God’s guidance in our lives does not always prove to be the “easy road” but often leads us through tests and trials. We know tests and trials will come, for God tells us this in 1 Peter 4:12, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” God also tells us in 1 Peter 1:6–7, “…you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” God always uses our trials to test our faith in Him. We must know if we’re willing to trust Him when everything seems to be falling apart, the only way to know is to walk through trials. God was preparing Israel for a trial, as seen in Exodus 14:1–4. God purposely had Israel camp by the sea so Pharaoh would pursue them. God knew Pharaoh’s heart was hard, and God knew that placing Israel by the sea would harden Pharaoh’s heart more so he would pursue them. God tells us in Exodus 14:4, “I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” God uses trials to show people that He alone is God and worthy of all praise!
Challenge & Application
· Since tests and trials are to be expected, how do you now deal with them when they come?
· How have you seen God honored and glorified through the tests and trials you have already faced?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!