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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019 TOPIC: GO FORWARD!

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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019

TOPIC: GO FORWARD!

READ: Exodus 14:10-18
10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.
11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
15 And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.
18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

MEMORISE:
And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15).

EXPOSITION

When God says something, He means it. He should be taken for, and at His Word. He never said anything and retracted nor changed it in anyway. (Num.29:19). If the military ranking gives a “march forward” to you, he expects total uncompromising compliance, even when such an order leads nowhere or makes no sense!

Israelites can be best described as people who were at crossroads and in dilemma of their lives when they got to the Red Sea. Having experienced divine deliverance from the suffering and slavery of the stiff-necked Pharaoh, their joy knew no bounds, but it was very slender. No sooner had they been freed, than they had before, them a massive and poisonous sea! To worsen the case, the stubborn Egyptians were advancing – so close to them! Any more dilemma than this?

At that, forgetful people of God resorted to persuading Moses and his lieutenants to lead them back to Egypt, believing parochially it was more honourable to die and have sepulchers in Egypt, than perishing inside red sea! What an unfortunate incidence! Christians must take caution not to allow any situation, no matter how grieving or devastating to persuade us to be tempted to consider going back to ‘Egypt’ is the option!

Their forgetfulness of God’s dealing with them and their unbelief notwithstanding, God still waded in by instructing Moses to take a step which eventually led them to their total victory over the pharaohs’ warriors who became feed for the fishes and sea creatures. God sees there are stumbling blocks before you, but He still says, ‘Go forward!’ Why? Because those ‘stumbling blocks’ shall soon become stepping stones to your greater heights (Isaiah 40:12-14). You’ll go places. Just hold on to His instructions. (Deut. 28:1)

PRAYER POINTS
1. O Lord, I receive the grace and auction to advance forward, irrespective of what is before me!
2. Lord, help those who are being severely persecuted for Gospel’s sake, not to turn back from You. Make them stand to the end.
3. O Lord, increase our faith in this country to know that better days await and lie ahead of our nation.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 Kings 8:39 – 10:8; John 5:37 – 6:11

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