Sunday, February 12, 2012
Exo 14:14 and Matt 26:74 "My Friend is Fighting For Me" (February 12)
The real battle I'm fighting is going on inside of me. As You bring Your kingdom into me, the devil and the world system oppose every move You make, but my worst enemy is my own self-centeredness, the spirit within me that thinks it's my right for life to go the way I want it to. Larry Crabb
The rooster crows in my own garden and I hear the words of Peter in Matthew 26:72-74: "I do not know the Man." There is a statue of the scenario in today's NT reading---it sits near the gates of Jerusalem and the inscription reads: "He is not my Friend." When trouble hits on every side, do I follow Who this man truly is, the Christ. My Friend in the good times and the bad times. The One Who is fulfilling the Scriptures in my own life---I mean, He could send more than 12 legions of angels---but He doesn't always work that way.
Pharaoh lets the Israelites go. Scripture fulfilled.
Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues with six hundred chariots.
Fear ensues enslaves engulfs the Israelites.
And the WORD from Moses:
Exodus 14:14 "The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
It's a verse I ponder in cancerous circumstances, my own and others.
Israelites say: Leave Us Alone.
God says: Go Forward.
And a cloud divides the Israelites in the Light and the Egyptians in the Dark.
Where is that Cloud giving us Light this day?
Pushing the Darkness away?
Dividing the sea in half...dry ground.
Troubles on each side of us yet we're untouched.
God brings us to our knees in dire straits as these.
Those whom He is not honored by
He will be honored upon.
Know this, my friend, God will reign down His Honor on your enemy.
Even the Egyptians said: The LORD fights for them.
I know in my troubled heart this morning
that it is the LORD fighting for my life.
Exodus 14:29 Walking on dry ground with you
Surrounded by troubles on every side.
This is my God and I will praise Him.
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 12:00 AM