Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Exodus 14: 1-31
Things went from frightful to terrifying for the Israelites leaving Egypt. Holding onto the thread of hope that Passover held out to them, they marched forward to the Red Sea and searched along its banks for a crossing place. Within two days Pharaoh’s elite force of 600 men and his full cohort of chariot drivers was in pursuit, and gaining fast on the gaggle of Israeli men, women and children who were camped for the night. In obedience to the Lord, Moses raised his arm over the Red Sea. It took all night, but by morning a dry crossing place was made ready by the hand of God. There was so much to be afraid of! The elderly and the children walked so slowly! Pharaoh’s army was gaining fast! The walls of water could come tumbling down, and etcetera. Like the Israelites, there are times in life when I too seem to be caught between the enemy and the deep Red Sea and full of fears. Like the Israelites, God calls out to me to not be afraid and to walk firmly forward, watching for the salvation he is bringing about. The Israelites made it safely through the Red Sea; Pharaoh’s armies were so badly trounced that they were never again a threat to God’s people. The Lord has brought me safe this far in life – can I trust him to continue to show his salvation to me? Holy Spirit, help me not fear, but stand firm and watch for the salvation of God.
Blessed are they who hold fast to God’s word in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance. (Luke 8:15)
It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability that counts.
Corrie Ten Boom
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.