Scripture text for Friday, January 29, 2010: Exodus 13:17-14:31
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Talk about an action packed section of the Bible: people being chased, chariots crashing, the amazing parting of the Red Sea, does it get any better than that? Not for people in our culture, we are a culture of action. Just take a look around you: action movies, action sports, your weekend calendar, all filled with activity. But in all that action, what is God calling us to do? We all know the story of the parting of the Red Sea, but how many of us stop on verse 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” Ouch! Not so good at that part! Not so good at the being still and waiting, letting God fight the battle, not me. I have my plan of action, I want my plan of action, but God is calling me to “be still” and watch Him put his perfect plan of action into play. Reading on in this section of Exodus, what an amazing plan it is that God has for the Israelites. The dividing of the Red Sea and the destruction of the Egyptian army was the end result. Ultimately, his plan of action was on a much more personal level, “…the people (Israelites) feared the Lord and put their trust in him…” (Exodus 14:31). So today, I challenge you to find some stillness somewhere in your day. Pray about it, seek out that stillness, and then stay there waiting for God, because who knows what God has planned for you in that perfect stillness!
Devotion prepared by Sarah Clark