OMO Christmas Offering 2016

November 22nd, 2016

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Dear Believers Church Family and Friends,

Believe it or not, the Christmas season is here again!

This wonderful time of the year brings decorations, family time, presents, celebrations of the birth of Jesus, and the joy of giving to our Omo Children in Ethiopia.

You may already be aware of Believers Church partnering together with Lale Labuko and the Omo Children home to care for, teach, and bring up in the ways of God; the 42 children that we have already rescued from death.  We believe these children are not mingi (cursed), but rather are a blessing from God! If you are not familiar with our mission to eradicate the mingi practice in the Hamar and Banna tribes, please visit omochild.org.

Let’s Build a Bathroom and Kitchen

The Omo Children have an urgent need. Their current bathroom and kitchen facilities are housed in the same space. God has put it on Lale’s heart to build new and separate facilities to improve sanitation for the children, but he needs our help to raise $12,000 for both projects.

Next month, I’m inviting everyone connected to Believers Church to participate in Believers’ 5th Annual Christmas Offering.  This offering will help make the dream of a new sanitary bathroom and kitchen come true!

On December 11, 2016, we will receive a Christmas Offering during both of our weekend services to build the bathroom and kitchen.  We’re providing special Christmas Offering envelopes and encouraging everyone to come prepared to give on that day.  I believe, and I want you to pray and believe with me, that we will take up a $12,000 Christmas Offering on that one day!

If you’re going to be out of town on December 11, or if you’d like to go ahead and donate now, you can do that online at https://believers.infellowship.com  If you don’t already have an account, just click on “Sign-up” and walk through the steps.  It’s quick and easy.

You can also use the Giving Kiosk in the lobby / Text to Give @ 912.307.3677 using the keyword, Christmas / designate “Christmas Offering” on any normal Sunday envelopes / or mail in your donation.

I have found it to be very helpful if Janet and I begin giving a designated amount each week from now until the end of December.  We also join in the excitement of giving with you on the big day, December 11th as well!

Please pray about participating, and let’s bless the Omo Children. You can visit http://omochild.org for pictures of the children and videos of their lives as well additional information about what we are doing to end the practice of mingi .

Your most grateful servant,

Pastor Scott Moore

Every time God asks us to do something… WE DO IT.  Right?  No?  Ok, so we don’t always respond to His call. We don’t always do what God tells us to do.  Do we?  It’s called disobedience.

Maybe that’s what you think about when you think about Jonah, that it’s a story of disobedience. Jonah is actually a book of obedience, rather than a book of disobedience. 

Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we continue our series on “Bedtime Truths” with Jonah in the Whale. It is also Baptism Sunday!

Come and celebrate with those who are declaring their decision to follow Christ through water Baptism!

 

 

 

slide1The Bedtime Stories that your parents read you from the Old Testament, and hopefully the stories you still read your children today, are not just stories.  Within these stories, we see truths from God’s word that forever and profoundly change our lives!

 

  1. In the story of David and Goliath, we see the truth that with God’s power and plan we can defeat the giants in our lives.

 

  1. In the story of Joshua crossing the Jordan river, we see that obedience to God’s way brings about His promises, but in faith, we may have to step into the water first.

 

  1. We saw the truth that God gives us victory His way as when the walls collapsed and Joshua took the city of Jericho.

 

  1. In the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Fiery Furnace, we see the truth that faith is our pathway to victory.

 

  1. In Daniel in the Lion’s Den, we see the truth that the resolve to not compromise is based on a deep abiding trust in God, and when we face our own lions, we know God’s love for us is greater than anything we are going through.

 

  1. Last week in the story of Moses parting the Red Sea, the Bedtime Truth is that God is always working for our good, even if we don’t understand His plan.

 

Today we are going to read the story of Noah’s Ark.

Bedtime Truth of Noah’s Ark is that we can work in tandem with God to accomplish His purposes on earth.

 

The Lord Regretted That He Had Made Human Beings

 

Genesis 6:5-7  The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.  7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”

 

The Earth Was Corrupt in God’s Sight

 

Genesis 6:11-13  Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. (lawlessness) 12  God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13  So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them.  I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

 

Apparently, the earth was beyond the point of having any desire to repent and change.  Their wickedness was so great, God had to destroy the earth.

 

Why the Ark?

 

Moses might have thought, “Why build an ark?”  Because… Genesis 6:17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it.  Everything on earth will perish.

 

Note: Every known ancient culture has some sort of reference to a worldwide flood.

 

Genesis 6:14-15 tells Noah how to build the Ark.  It would be a barge type shape for stability, roughly 450’ long by 75’ wide and 45’ high.  It would have the capacity greater than 500 railroad stock cars.  (AMY ADD a shout out for Dr. Tommy Mitchell, Answers in Genesis, Feb  26-27, 2017)

Covenant Promises Would Occur Within the Ark

 

Genesis 6:18  But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your

sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.

This is the first mention in scripture of God making a

Covenant with a man.  God’s protection for Noah’s family during the flood was His first covenant promise.

 

The Ark is God’s Instrument to Save People from Judgement

 

God would be the one to save Noah and his family, but He would use a large cypress wood boat called an Ark as the instrument to save them

 

Genesis 7:1-12 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you

righteous in this generation. Verses 2-25 tell Noah to take 7 pairs of clean animals, one pair of unclean, and seven

pair of birds. Multiple pairs of clean animals for sacrifice and survival.

4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the

earth every living creature I have made.” 5  And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

 

10  And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on

the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the

floodgates of the heavens were openedMaybe undersea earthquakes and volcanic eruptions simultaneously sent

massive ocean waves surging back and forth across the earth.  Maybe under the earth rivers sprang forth.

12  And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

 

Enter the Ark

 

Genesis 7:13-24 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives

of his three sons, entered the ark.  (And the animals.) 14  They had with them every wild animal according to its kind,

all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird

according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to

Noah and entered the ark. 16  The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had

commanded Noah.  Then the Lord shut him in.  The door on the Ark was shut by God. 17  For forty days the flood

kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18  The waters rose

and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth,

and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains

to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. (22’ above the highest mountain.)

 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth

was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the

earth.  Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. (Marine life apparently survived as well.) 24  The waters

flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.  (40 days of hard rain and 110 days of floating on a clam sea.)

 

God Remembered Those in The Ark and the Waters Receded

 

Genesis 8:1-3 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.  2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.  3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down,

 

During the 110-day period, the winds (v.1) caused the waters to begin receding.  Exactly five months after the flood began (v.4), the water level had fallen below 15 cubits of the highest mountains and the ark rested…on the mountains of Ararat.  This indicates it landed on an unidentified peak of a mountain chain in the Ararat region—modern eastern Turkey, southern Russia; and northwestern Iran.  It took over two more months of gradual receding for a sufficient portion of the tops of mountains to be seen (v.5)[1]

 

In chapter 8 you have Noah sending out a raven who just flies around.  A dove who flies around and returns to the Ark.  Seven days later Noah send out the dove and it returns with a freshly plucked olive leaf!  Seven days later Noah sent the dove out again and it never returned.

 

Saved Because of The Ark

 

Genesis 8:15-17  Then God said to Noah,  16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.  17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”

 

Noah and his family presented sacrifices to the Lord that were a sweet-smelling aroma to Him.

Genesis 8:21-22  The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood.  And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.  22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

 

The Rainbow as A Sign of God’s Covenant

 

Genesis 9:11-13  I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”  12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:  13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

During Noah’s day, the earth was destroyed by water, but never again.  Next time it will be fire.

 

2 Peter 3:5-10  But they (scoffers) deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.  8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.10  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

 

Do you know Jesus has not come back for His bride yet?  Because God is a patient God and doesn’t want anyone to perish, but He wants you to come to repentance – today!

The Ark and The Church

 

Read the heading and replace the word Ark with the Church

The Ark The Church
Why the Ark?

 

Covenant Promises Would Occur

Within the Ark

 

The Ark is God’s Instrument

to Save People from Judgement

 

Enter the Ark

 

God Remembered Those in The Ark

and the Waters Receded

 

Saved Because of The Ark

 

Why the Church?

 

Covenant Promises Would Occur

Within the Church

 

The Church is God’s Instrument

to Save People from Judgement

 

Enter the Church

 

God Remembered Those in The Church

and the Waters Receded

 

Saved Because of The Church

 

God is the one who saves.

The Ark is the tool or instrument of salvation.

 

Jesus is the one who saves.

The church is Jesus’ tool or instrument of salvation.

 

The Ark was built to saving lives. The church is built to save lives.

Jesus said, “I will build my church, now join me.”

The Ark had no Rutter or steering system for man.

 

The Holy Spirit leads and guides the church.

 

Noah and his family were Ark builders.

For 75 to 100 years they built the Ark.

If you joined Noah’s family, you

became an ark builder.

We are church builders.

We have been working with Jesus and building the church for over 2000 years.

When you join the church, become part of our family, you build.

God closed the door on the Ark.

When the door closes. No one else enters.

 

God will decide when the End of Days will occur.

When the door closes. No one else enters.

Matthew 24:37-39 As it was in the days of Noah, so it

will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the

days before the flood, people were eating and drinking,

marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah

entered the ark;39 and they knew nothing about what

would happen until the flood came and took them all

away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of

Man.

 

 

Next Step: Today I commit myself to be a Church (Ark) builder.

                                                                          

Favor in God’s Eyes

 

Is it possible to be in the midst of such wickedness, as in Noah’s day and in our day, too, and still find favor in God’s eyes?

 

Genesis 6:7-9 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them

the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”

8 But Noah found favor(grace) in the eyes of the Lord.  Why? 9 This is the account of Noah and his family.  Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

Why did Noah find favor in the eyes of the Lord?

 

  1. Noah was a righteous Doing his best to live right in the site of God.

 

  1. Noah was blameless among the people of his time.
    1. Not sinless, but blameless. He stayed clean before God.
    2. He was not contaminated by the wickedness around him. A man of no compromise.

 

  1. Noah walked faithfully with God.
  2. God is looking for faithful people.

 

  1. Noah did everything God told Him to do.

 

Genesis 6:22     Noah did everything just as God commanded him. 

Genesis 7:5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.  (May this be said of you and I.)

 

  1. God found in Noah a man who feared Him and would obey even if he did not understand fully all that God was going to do. That sounds like “faith” to me.

 

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.  By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

 

This Bedtime Truth of Noah’s Ark is that we can work in tandem with God to accomplish His purposes on earth.

 

All we have to do is be righteous in Jesus’ eyes, stay blameless, walk faithfully with God, and do what He tells us.

  • These things don’t seem that hard, do they?
  • Finding favor with God and being used in a great way, doesn’t require being the brightest, wisest, most talented, and the most resourced.

 

God’s looking for righteousness, blamelessness, faithfulness, and obedience.  This is something we can do!

 

Next Step: This week I will listen for the Holy Spirit’s instructions and do what He tells me to do, so that I can work in tandem with God to accomplish His purposes on earth.

                                                 

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

 

  1. As far as wickedness and corruption are concerned, how do you think our time compares to the days of Noah?
  2. Use the chart above and discuss the analogy, pro’s and con’s, of the Ark being compared to the Church.
  3. What were the four things that brought Noah favor in the eyes of God.
  4. Do you think we could walk in these four things and partner with God to accomplish His purposes on earth?

 

[1] Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Spirit Filled Life Bible NKJ (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991),  p. 16

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Have your ever found yourself between a rock and a hard place? You feel trapped and unable to move forward or retreat.  In baseball, we call it a “pickle”.  You are trapped between to bases as your opponent’s toss the ball back and forth to tag you out.  “I’m in a pickle!”  “I’m trapped and I don’t know how to get out!”  “I’m between a rock and a hard place.”

This is where Moses and the children of Israel found themselves in Exodus chapter 14.

The backstory leading to this rock and a hard place experience begins when, as a baby, Moses was miraculously spared by God to be the future deliverer of God’s people out of the bondage of Egypt.

  • By Pharaoh’s order, all Hebrew babies were to be killed.
  • Moses’ mother put him in a basket, floating in the Nile, and Pharaoh’s own daughter, not only found the baby, but raised Moses as her own.
  • Moses was raised as an Egyptian, but nursed by his mother, and as he grew, he became increasingly aware of the abuse and hardships that the Hebrew people were experiencing in Egypt.
  • One day he saw an Egyptian taskmaster beating a Hebrew slave, and in anger, Moses killed the taskmaster. Not the kind of deliverance that God had in mind.
  • At the age of 40, in fear of Pharaoh who wanted to kill him, Moses fled to Midian. There he married and began to live out his days thinking he was finished as a deliverer.
  • At age 80, Moses has the burning bush experience, and God calls him back to Egypt to fulfill his destiny declaring God’s message to Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”
  • After a series of conflicts and ten plagues upon the Egyptians, not only does Pharaoh agree to let God’s people go, but they are sent out in grand fashion with gifts, wealth, and blessings; all Six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children and all their flocks and herds.
  • As it had happened several times before, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he decided to pursue the Children of Israel.

The Exodus

Exodus 13:17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter.  For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”

God saw that they were not ready or prepared to face war yet.  Would they face war later?  Yes, the first battle would be Joshua and the battle of Jericho.

God knew that they needed to know God’s power, might, and deliverance, before they went into a battle.  They had to be prepared, but as in this story, the preparation is not always fun and enjoyable.

Some of you here today may be between a rock and hard place and God is your only hope.  Maybe God put you there to prove Himself to you and to prepare you for battle readiness down the road.

Exodus 13:18-22 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.  The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle. 19  Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.” 20 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. (I will never leave you or forsake you, even in a fiery furnace as we saw two weeks ago.)

                                                           

This May Seem Odd Moses but Here is My Plan

Exodus 14:1-3 Then the Lord said to Moses,  2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea.  They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’  (This path and direction didn’t make sense.  They took a path straight to the sea.)

The Lord was saying, “Hey Moses, not only am I going to lead you to a dead end at the sea, I’m going to release your enemies against you.

Exodus 14:4      And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them.

I’m sure Moses was thinking, “What?” “Why?”  “God why are you orchestrating this odd plan?”

But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”

It’s very simple Moses, “I’m setting all of this up to not only rescue you, but to bring Glory to myself and make myself know among the Egyptians.”

Exodus 14:4b So the Israelites did this. (May these words always be said about us; we did what He said.)

Pharaoh Pursues the Israelites Who Were Marching Boldly

Exodus 14:5-8 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done?  We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 6  So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8  The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of  Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.

Oh, did we fail to mention that the six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children were not only blessed with the silver and Gold of the Egyptians, but they were full of the joy of being delivered from slavery as the Cloud of God’s presence went before them day and night, and they marched out boldly!  Wouldn’t you be walking boldly too?  Things couldn’t get any better for them!

Little did they know that the chariots, horsemen, and troops were on the way to bring them back to slavery!

From Bold to Terrified

Exodus 14:9-12 The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon. 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them.  They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.

 

To be terrified is understandable.  Crying out to the Lord was the right thing to do.

Attacking your leader was not.

11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’?  It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”                                                                 

Don’t Fear, Stand Firm

Exodus 14:13    Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

 Why should they not be afraid?  Why should they stand firm?

So, that they would see the deliverance that God would bring that very day.  God was going to fight for them, and the thing that terrified them, struck fear into their hearts, they would never see again!

Exodus 14:14-15 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

What did they need to do in their terrified state?  Stand still and watch what God is going to do.

Don’t’ run, don’t hide, don’t fight.  Be still in your spirit and in your thinking and watch God work!

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?  Tell the Israelites to move on.

Now don’t be mistaken, standing still and letting God do His work, doesn’t mean you literally stand still and do nothing.  Moses was saying the time of crying out for help is over.  God has heard our cry’s now we are to move forward, move on!

Sometimes I think we need to hear this word of exhortation.  Cry out to God, yes, but when God gives us a plan we move on.  God is saying to some of you today, “It’s time to move on!” “Move forward into what I have for you, my plan for your life.”

Once during a time of bondage and exile God reminded His people of His plans for them.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

There comes a time to shake off the bondage and mistakes of the past and move on in God.

Next Step: This week I will consider what terrifying situation has me paralyzed in fear?

I will trust the Lord to fight for me and move on in faith.

Your Dilemma May Be the Pathway for God to Be Glorified

Back to Exodus 14.  Where are they supposed to move on to, the Red Sea?

Now the Hebrews were in a pickle.  They were in between that rock and hard place.

Maybe this is how Paul felt when he pinned 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

On the dessert side was the terrifying sight of Pharaoh’s army rapidly pursing them, but on the other side nothing but the Red Sea.

  • In the natural, this was a hopeless situation!
  • God likes to be glorified in hopeless situations?
  • Are you in one now?

Exodus 14:16-18 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them.  And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.” 

God said, “I will gain glory through this dilemma!”  If you allow Him, God will gain glory through your problems, adverse circumstances, and stressful situations.

While God is working His plans, He will shield you as He has promised.

Exodus 14:19-20 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them.  The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel.  Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

God’s Deliverance

Exodus 14:21-25 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.  The waters were divided, (Estimates suggest it was a sixty-mph wind that blew for 12 hours.) 22   and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea.  (If it’s working for them it will work for us.) 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.  (Maybe the Egyptians were getting to close.) 25  He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving.  And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites!  The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

The Waters Close

Exodus 14:26-28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place.  The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them Israelites into the sea.  Not one of them survived.

Fear and Trust

Exodus 14:29-31 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore.31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

The people went from an unhealthy fear of Pharaoh and his army to a healthy fear of the Lord.

They fearfully respected His power, and they put their trust in the Lord.

Not only did they trust the Lord, but they put their trust in their leader, Moses, as well.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

And even if your paths aren’t straight, as in this story, trust God anyway.  He knows what He is doing.

Next Step: This week I will commit to trust in the Lord with ALL of my heart, even if I don’t understand.

Bedtime Truth:  God is always working for our good, even if we don’t understand His plan.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. Can you relate to the Hebrews’ dilemma of being caught between a rock and a hard place? Give an example.
  2. Have you ever gone from marching boldly to fear and terror? What did you do?
  3. Looking back on the above situations, can you now see that God actually was working on your behalf?
  4. How have you moved on when your enemy has tried to paralyze you with fear?
  5. Explain the statement “Your Dilemma May Be the Pathway for God to Be Glorified”. Give examples.