“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2)
Have you ever felt like you were facing insurmountable odds? I’m not talking about a game-day opponent; I’m talking about the heavy realities of life on this side of heaven. Have you ever been so hard pressed by life’s issues that you feel there is no way out?
That’s how the Israelites felt when they were fleeing from slavery in Egypt. God had miraculously delivered them, and they were following his directions to freedom when calamity seemed to come suddenly upon them. Exodus 14 tells us that Pharaoh and his officials decided they wanted the Israelites back and they went after them with their full military might.
Despite God’s previous demonstrations of His protection the Israelites were terrified and ready to give up hope. But Moses told them to not be afraid and said, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14). And, as promised, God delivered them. They only had to trust Him and watch as he supernaturally defeated Pharaoh and his army.
Exodus 15 records Moses’ victory song. Today’s verse is near the beginning and the song goes on to ask in verse 7, “Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” The song concludes with the resounding proclamation of verse 18: “The Lord reigns for ever and ever.”
Indeed, He does! And His deliverance of the Israelites is not the end of the story. It is rather a foreshadowing of His ultimate deliverance of all who trust in Him. He has delivered us from the power of sin and death, and He will bring us safely home to live with Him forever. At that time, we will sing anew the victory song “of Moses and of the Lamb” (Revelation 15:3-4). God is able and he will do it.
Question: Are you trusting God for your ultimate deliverance? How does that trust affect your daily life?
Challenge: Read Exodus 14 and 15.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to trust in you and your promise of deliverance.
Dan Kinnaman, Chapel Leader -- Norwich Sea Unicorns