Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Exodus 13: The Lord delivers and guides His people

Are you feeling discouraged and alone today? Perhaps you feel that your journey through life is filled with disappointments that you are trying your best to cope with and face by yourself? Dear Christian, I really pray that you find hope and comfort from this chapter. It is a chapter of deliverance and guidance for the child of God. You are most definitely not alone.

Just in case the Hebrew people might forget, God, through Moses, reminds them four times in this chapter (vs 3,9,14,16) that it is He who has delivered them from the heartache of their past life in Egypt. No matter how difficult things may seem to us now, we need to remember that we have been delivered from sin and the Lord has saved us with His strong and mighty arm. The comfort we have at this present time is that, before salvation we were completely alone with no one to turn to for help; but now, after salvation, we have the Saviour to turn to in prayer.

Look at these words in verses 17 and 18, "God led them not...but God led the people...". I'm sure there are many times in life when you think 'Surely this is the path God should lead me along. It's obviously the quickest and easiest way to go'. Look at the map below and see the route to Canaan that God led the people by.

At the top of the picture you can see the route that would have been quicker, via the Philistines, but God can see the way ahead that we can't see.  He knows the obstacles, the difficulties and the struggles and He knew that, even though going through Philistia would've been much quicker, it would've also been much more dangerous for the people. We need to trust His wise judgment. Who knows what terrible dangers the Lord has protected us from by leading us on a (in our opinion) 'very roundabout way'?! I really am glad the Lord knows what's best for me and doesn't always answer my prayers the way that I want Him to. This is why I've learned over the past number of years that I must pray according to His will, not mine.

Sadly, some people think that they could never get saved because they couldn't 'keep' their salvation.  And that is true, we can't. It is God who does the keeping and the leading and the guiding. He leads us by day AND by night (vs 21, 22). In the same way that Jehovah "took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people" (signifying His presence so today He never leaves us or forsakes us. Sometimes we Christians might think we could keep going much more easily if we could 'see' the Lord guiding us in the same way the Hebrews could 'see' the pillars of cloud and fire. Today we have the Scriptures (where God speaks to us) and the Holy Spirit protecting and guiding us and we believe this by faith.

Prayer matters: Ask the Lord to help you pray in His will only and to accept that this is the best path for you.

Hugs Karen x

1 comment:

  1. Once again a very encouraging reminder that we need to trust God and His timing