Thursday, September 11, 2014


Egyptian army - Artist unknown
Egyptian army - Artist unknown

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Exodus 13:17-14:9

TO CHEW ON: "Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'Speak to the children of Israel that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Sephon; you shall camp before it by the sea.' " Exodus 14:1,2

God's instructions to Moses in the context of what's about to happen sound like a setup. He directs Moses to lead the Israelites into a trap.

When Pharaoh changes his mind about letting the Israelites go, their impending recapture will seem easy. For the mighty multitude is boxed in by mountains and the sea—the only way out would be past Egyptian horses and chariots, or ... a miracle?

Let's remember this story when we feel trapped by circumstances—when there's nothing we can do but pray. For as God had plans to exalt His name and His honor through this event (" '…and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord' " Exodus 14:4) He may have similar plans for us in our boxed in place.

And we will be able to sing with David:

"Blessed be the Lord,
Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
Who made heaven and earth" - Psalm 124:6-8

PRAYER:  Dear God, when there is no human way out, help me to still have hope in You. Amen.

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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