Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Thursday, September 4, 2008

RED Sea Crossing

Two years ago Bob and I took a Red Sea Crossing to FL - the very same week almost to the day as I am leaving today. That was a trip that seemed like an impossibility at the time as it was 6 weeks before the LORD took Bob home to glory. Yet, as I spoke to the LORD, saying, "We can't do this, it's impossible." The LORD spoke back to me saying, "You will go - you will cross because I will go before you. I have given you every detail and I will make a way. Trust ME to take you."

We did - and Bob got to see our 5th grandchild (our first and only girl - Tessa Hope) just after she was born. That was another promise that God was faithful to fulfill.

Now, two years later I am going again to see my newest grandson, Braden, for the first time. God is faithful in all His ways.

As you read this scripture and ponder it - don't miss the details that God gives - that don't seem to make sense to the Israelites at the time - but they obeyed and did it anyway - and the "why" answers were shown later. God knows what HE is doing. We just need to TRUST Him.

Exodus 13

14 "In days to come, when your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' say to him, 'With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.' 16 And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand."

Crossing the Sea

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." 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.
19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel 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 Succoth 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.

Exodus 14 [God's details highlighted]

1 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.' 4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD." So the Israelites did this.

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. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." [all emphasis mine]

Choosing JOY,

Led by the Shepherd's Staff

1 comment:

kimberly said...

I felt like i was there taking this picture...
love kim