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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, July 10, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
There was no apparent way of escape, but the Lord opened up a dry path through the sea. Sometimes we find ourselves caught in a problem and see no way out. Don’t panic; God can open up a way.
The God who created the earth and water performed a mighty miracle at exactly the right time to demonstrate his great power and love for his people. (NLT)
Exodus 14:19-30 – Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to a position behind them, and the pillar of cloud also moved around behind them. The cloud settled between the Israelite and Egyptian camps. As night came, the pillar of cloud turned into a pillar of fire, lighting the Israelite camp. But the cloud became darkness to the Egyptians, and they couldn’t find the Israelites.
Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side! Then the Egyptians—all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers—followed them across the bottom of the sea. But early in the morning, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw them into confusion. Their chariot wheels began to come off, making their chariots impossible to drive. “Let’s get out of here!” the Egyptians shouted. “The Lord is fighting for Israel against us!”
When all the Israelites were on the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back over the Egyptian chariots and charioteers.” So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea. The water roared back into its usual place, and the Lord swept the terrified Egyptians into the surging currents. The waters covered all the chariots and charioteers—the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.
The people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry land, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. This was how the Lord rescued Israel from the Egyptians that day. And the Israelites could see the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the shore.
Jari R. Moreno (Puerto Rico) titled his story “THROUGH THE RED SEA;” here is a portion of Jari’s story:
“. . . There have been times in my life when, like the people of Israel, God has led me through my own ‘Red Sea,’ which for me symbolizes God’s infinite grace.
“For example, when I was 18 years old, a fuel truck struck me as I walked to the university. I remember people screaming and someone shouting: ‘The guy is dead. Let’s get out of the way before the truck explodes.’ No one had any hope that I would survive the accident. The truth is God was always with me. My injuries were far less severe than expected. In less than a month I was released from the hospital.
“Even in everyday challenges, I can see how God opens the way for us to pass through our ‘Red Sea.’ God wants us to be free of whatever is holding us down, not to lose hope, and to be secure in knowing God is always with us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What have I learned from my own “Red Sea” experiences?
Prayer: Dear God, free us from whatever holds us down today. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4). Amen.
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