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He's One Step Ahead

I always get angry at the Israelites when I read Exodus or Numbers and I notice how much they complained about GOD!

This is the God that rescued them from hundreds of years of cruel slavery in Egypt. This is the God that provided for them in the wilderness, who made sure they had fresh water to drink and meat to eat when their tastebuds got tired of manna. Any remotely inconvenient situation they found themselves in, they fretted, and they protested to Moses. They griped how it would’ve been better for them to die in Egypt. I mean, here was God, making a whole way of escape for them, and they’re recalling fond memories of eating fish and garlic in Egypt which they claim cost them nothing. Sis, how quickly you’ve forgotten! Your cost for that “free” food was the backbreaking labor you were forced into! Your cost was your infant son that Pharaoh murdered because he was afraid that your community was growing too large and powerful.

The enemy had stolen so much from the Israelites. Yet, even as they were led out of Egypt, they looked back at their cage and longed to still be there. The Bible says that they cried out when they saw the Egyptians pursuing them, “Have you taken us away to die in the wilderness because there were no graves in Egypt? Why have you dealt this way with us, to bring us out of Egypt? Did we not say to you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone, so that we may serve the Egyptians?’ It was better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness!” (Exodus 14:11-12) What is noteworthy in this story is that when the Israelites saw the Egyptians coming after them, the Bible says they looked UP to see their enemy. So, for them to look up, that means they had to be in a low place. But when they were in their low place, they looked up in the wrong direction. You see, the pillar of cloud that signified the presence and the protection of Adonai was already leading them. In just a few verses, Adonai would send a wind to part the Red Sea so the Israelites could safely escape from their pursuers. Yet, instead of looking towards God, they looked back at the past that was pursuing them.

Satan will always find you in your low place. He’s not going to come after you while you’re in church, while you’re serving and fellowshipping. He’ll come after you when you’ve gone home and your husband snaps at you and your kid is crying because he lost his favorite sock. He’ll come after you when you aren’t focused on Jesus. Satan will look for any chance to overtake you. He will send your past to chase after you, causing you to panic and ask yourself “what if my past catches up with me?” Satan wants you to panic and give up. But know that God is one step ahead of you. He already knows the enemies’ plan and He has already made a way of escape.

Today, Preacher Girl, know that Adonai will cause your enemy to panic before you can even think to do so. In Exodus 14:24 “Now it came about during the morning watch that Adonai looked at the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and caused the army of the Egyptians to panic.” Your enemy is afraid of your God, all you need to do it focus on Him! I pray today that before you find yourself in a place of panic, that you find yourself in a place of peace.

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