02/06/18 Power and Protection

READING: Exodus 10-13

“Remember this day when you came out of Egypt, out of the place of slavery, for the Lord brought you out of here by the strength of his hand.”

Exodus 13:3

Here’s what I’m thinking about today: I just don’t have any sense of the awesome power of God. It’s so far beyond my comprehension that I cannot grasp it. So much of today’s reading speaks of that power:

  • “The Lord sent an east wind over the land all that day and through the night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts. . . . Then the Lord changed the wind to a strong west wind, and it carried off the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the territory of Egypt” (Exo. 10:13, 19).
  • “So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness throughout the land of Egypt for three days. . . . Yet all the Israelites had light where they lived” (Exo. 10:22-23).
  • “The blood on the houses where you are staying will be a distinguishing mark for you; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will be among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. . . . Now at midnight the Lord struck every firstborn male in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, and every firstborn of the livestock” (Exo. 12:13, 29).
  • “The Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to lead them on their way during the day and in a pillar of fire to give them light at night, so that they could travel day or night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night never left its place in front of the people” (Exo. 13:21-22).

In the midst of all these power displays, the Lord protected and led His people. He would keep His covenant with them, eventually leading them to the land He had promised them.  Thus, He was both powerful and personal – just as He is today. The God who made all of creation and who is orchestrating all of history toward its fulfillment according to His plan loves us intimately. He forever keeps us in His hands. 

ACTION STEPS:

  • Praise God for His power.
  • Praise Him for leading us according to His plan.

PRAYER: “God, I praise You for leading me day-by-day, night-by-night.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  Exodus 14-18