We are in a season that can be difficult for some individuals. Holidays are here and the “winter blues” are before us. While some are happily celebrating, others are mourning the loss of a loved one no longer with them. Some may not have anyone to celebrate with, others may be surrounded by family and friends and still feel completely alone.
During these times, you may find yourself crying out to God, asking Him why and begging to be delivered from your pain and suffering. I have been there and have experienced these moments. The question to ask is what is my/your response when in a dark valley?
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and God. Psalm 42:5
David is crying out to the Lord. He is asking the very questions I have asked God myself, but what is David’s response in his pain?
“I will put my hope in God. I will praise Him.”
In our suffering, let us be like David. Say I will. Despite the dark valley you may find yourself in, make it a must to seek out God and praise him during and through the pain.
Father God, You are a good, good Father. You are my peace, deliverer, and comfort. I will seek You in the peaks and valleys. Thank you Father for your unfailing love. Amen.
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. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left…During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving…Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen’…and the Lord swept them into the sea…That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians.
The Lord saved the Israelites from the Egyptians. He may good on His promise. I have to give credit to the Israelites though. They may have been complaining and grumbling, but they did go. They may have had their doubts, but they walked through the Red Sea. They made the choice to follow God’s orders, so I would like to think deep down, they had some trust.
Isn’t that the same with us? As followers of Christ, we have this deep feeling in our heart that we really can trust God. It is when we allow our humanness to cloud over the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit, that we succumb to worry, doubt, and complaining.
I encourage you to cast all your grumblings onto God, get rid of those burdens, and then walk away from them. Fully trust that God, who is mighty enough to deliver the Israelites out of the hands of the Egyptians, will also deliver you out of your pain and suffering. Never lose hope because He will part the waves and walk along with you through the Red Sea road.
After Devotional: Click on below link and listen to “Red Sea Road” by Ellie Holcomb (I do not own the rights to this song.)
Living by grace,
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No matter how many times I tell myself not to worry…I still do. I am a worrier. I constantly think about the ‘what ifs’ and try to control my future. I do hear God say that He is in control and to trust Him, but in my humanness I doubt if that is true. Which is exactly what the Israelites did.
In Exodus 14:15 God basically asks Moses why is he complaining, and tells him to have the Israelites move on.
God said to Moses: ‘Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea; Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground. Meanwhile I’ll make sure the Egyptians keep up their stubborn chase-I’ll use Pharoah and his entire army, his chariots and horsemen, to put my Glory on display so that the Egyptians will realize that I am God.’
Exodus 14:15-18 (Msg)
I get the sense that God may have been annoyed. He was in control and had a plan, and yet the Israelites didn’t trust Him. They did not believe the Almighty God would deliver them from the Egyptians. I think that is why he told them His plan. That way, when the Israelites saw that God was their Deliverer, they would then believe and trust who He is.
When I am in my worrying state, and don’t know what God’s plan is, is when I try to control the outcome. That behavior points out the glaring reality that I am not trusting my Holy Father. He wants our trust. He wants us, His children, to come to Him with our problems, and then trust that He will deliver us from them. We don’t need to know what His plans are, we just need to know who He is.
After Devotional: Write down all your worries on a piece of paper and lift them up to God in prayer.