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Process

We live in an instant age. We have a microwave to cook something in far less time than if we used the stove top or oven. Recently, we bought a bag into which you can place potatoes and then put in the microwave. The normal time for a baked potato in an oven is one hour, in this bag in the micro it is 5-10 minutes. This age is one of "get it right now." We have to be careful in our life as a believer to expect God to act immediately. As the people of Israel face the Red Sea with Pharaoh's army behind them, they were afraid. But God begins a process of dividing the waters. It is not as seen in the Exodus movie with Charlton Heston that the waters divided quickly. It was a process. Notice the words of Moses as he writes about this event, "Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land." (Exodus 14:21) God used the natural element of an east wind to create a proces…

Celebrations

What do you celebrate? There are many common events that we all celebrate such as Easter, Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries but what about special events that took place in your personal life, i.e. graduations, promotions, personal successes? Israel was given directions for a very special night, the Passover night. They were to mark the doorposts of their home with blood on the top and on the sides. On the next morning they left Egypt. Moses said that they were to perform certain actions on that day each year and to know why they did it. He said, "On that day tell your son, 'I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.'" (Exodus 13:8) What are the special days unique to you or to your family? Remembering an event that was a turning point in your lives is important. We have a tendency to leave the past in the past but is it not a good reminder of grace, mercy, love, joy to remember special events for you? I believe so. Think for a momen…

Who's in Charge?

Last night President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address. In it he declared this to be a "year of action" and made many pledges to the people of this land. He acted confident that he could pull off his miraculous suggestions. He acted as the man in charge willing to circumvent the Congress to get his desires accomplished. In 1444 B.C. the Pharaoh of Egypt ruled his nation and exhibited great power in the world. Then a little guy, once saved from a declaration of death to infants, stood before him and declared as the mouthpiece of God, "Let my people go!" Pharaoh thought he was in charge. He made work harder for the Israelite slaves until God stepped in and revealed who was really in charge. Water turned into blood, overwhelming numbers of frogs, gnats, flies, disease in livestock, festering boils, had not yet changed Pharaoh's mind about God. Then a deluge of hail and thunder came destroying man, beast and crops. Moses was called to him during the…

Reassurance

Where do you go for assurance and comfort? The six verses of Psalm 23 have comforted at funerals and many of us have sat with this Psalm open as we endured a bitter time. It helps to reassure us of the role of God in our lives; the ultimate Shepherd. Leupold interpreted them as follows: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not suffer any want. He will make me to lie down in grassy meadows; He will lead me beside waters of resting places. He will restore my soul; He will lead me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I should walk through the darkest valley I shall fear no evil; For thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff—they will comfort me. Thou wilt prepare a table before me in the sight of my enemies; Thou has already anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Here we see God's tasks as Shepherd to rest us in grassy meado…

Recognition

Jesus was always desirous to protect those who are believers. He proclaimed a woe of judgment against anyone who would draw others away, cause them to stumble, do offences against them or entrap them. He said, "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! James state that "each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." (James 1:14)  Here we see that all of us have evil desires within that are seeking fulfillment. And, those desires are being enticed by the glitter of the world around us. It seeks to draw us and drag us away, destroy our purity, reputation and even our life. Sin grows until it engulfs us. John said, "for everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—com…

Dissatisfied Yet?

Why doesn't God step into every crisis you experience and rescue you? Is it because He is ignorant of your situation? See just the opposite in Moses' discussion with God at the burning bush. Moses had fled Egypt when his murder of the Egyptian taskmaster had been made known to Pharaoh. He ended up in the desert where a Midianite Priest met him, became his friend and gave one of his daughters in marriage to him. Moses was now a son-in-law shepherd of his father-in-law's sheep and had a "comfortable and safe life" with a growing family. One day while guiding the flock he came upon a burning bush that was not being consumed. God spoke to him out of the bush. God said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering." (Exodus 3:7) Okay, let's examine this. Joseph was just at 40 years of age when the rest of his father's family joined him in E…