The God of the Exodus
Give thanks for a God whose incredible story is always looping back into our lives in surprising and challenging ways.
Read Psalm 114
1 When Israel came out of Egypt,
Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
2 Judah became God’s sanctuary,
Israel his dominion.
3 The sea looked and fled,
the Jordan turned back;
4 the mountains leaped like rams,
the hills like lambs.
5 Why was it, sea, that you fled?
Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
6 Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
you hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who turned the rock into a pool,
the hard rock into springs of water.
New International Version (NIV)
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ReflectThink of a time when God has brought you through a difficult situation in the past. How could that help you in the present?
Two Israelites sharing happy memories… “Remember that time we came out of Egypt?!” “Oh yes, the Exodus, that was a good one…” So they remember how “the sea looked and fled” (3), as if the sea saw the advancing hordes of escapees and said, “Make way! Make way! Israelites coming through!” It’s Exodus 14 they are recalling, somewhat poetically.
They think back to how even the mighty mountains looked as if they danced in celebration. And the River Jordan stopped to let them through (later in their journey—Joshua 4:7).
Why did all this happen (5,6)? Because the God in question, who planned the whole journey and took Israel further than they could have asked or imagined, is a mighty God, who brings water from rocks, or perhaps for whom even a hard rock is no more of an obstacle than a spring of water.
A great story, ripe for retelling, always relevant, always inspiring.
Imagine yourself as part of the exodus from Egypt, a recipient of God’s mighty action. How do you need God to act in your life?
Give thanks to God today for all God’s mighty deeds, from the Exodus past to the world to come.
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