Scripture to Read: Exodus 14:10–18
Today, we’re reading through Exodus 14:10–18. We read about Pharaoh and his army being in hot pursuit of the Israelites and that as soon as the Israelites saw the Egyptians, they lost sight of God’s presence in “the pillar of cloud” (Exodus 13:21) and were paralyzed by their fear. So, when fear takes control, people cry out for help and that’s what all of Israel did; they “cried out to the Lord” (Exodus 14:10). Before we judge the Israelites too harshly, we need to ask ourselves how we react to the tests and trials we face. Do we immediately “consider it all joy” (James 1:2–4) when the trial begins or do we cry out to God, asking Him why He’s allowing us to go through the trial? No doubt, the Israelites had God right there with them in "the pillar of cloud,” but they quickly took their eyes off of Him. But we have God living in us, and we can still lose sight of Him when trials come our way. The Israelites also started attacking Moses with their words and blaming him for what they thought would be their fast-approaching death. But let’s be sure and not miss God’s response to all of this in Exodus 14:15, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.” God again would show all Israel that He alone is God and no one can stand against Him. If every Christian understood this well, God’s peace would rule in their hearts continuously (Colossians 3:15).
Challenge & Application
· How have you lost sight of God during difficult times, and what brought you back to your senses?
· How have you experienced God’s healing and protection through a trial, and what did God teach you?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!