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“In A Moments’ Time”   

We all know things can change very quickly.  Everyone enjoys the pleasant surprises God sends us from time to time and we should all be thankful.  Many however feel “stuck” in certain situations and the burden is getting heavy.  As we look around, many things we see are not pleasant.  This may be a view of what is going on in our world with COVID, a personal illness or that of a loved one, loss of job, broken relationship or maybe the “blahs” of life that has led to discouragement and perhaps depression.  For sure, there are many things that grab our attention and break our heart when that is our focus.

 

The Israelites were excited when Moses first delivered them from the hands of Pharaoh and led them out of Egypt.  However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing.  Because the Israelites weren’t suited for war, the Lord directed them around Philistine country and led them through the desert toward the Red Sea.  The Egyptian army was pursuing them and the Israelites came upon the Red Sea with high mountains on either side.  They were trapped as retreating would take them into the hands of an enemy.  The Bible says (EX. 14:19,20) that “The angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army withdrew and went behind them.  The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel.”   This was God protecting His people through the night and the next day He used Moses to part the waters so they could cross to the other side and drown the Egyptian Army when they tried to cross.

 

Here’s what I want you to see.  The Israelites were afraid.  They were also upset with Moses saying they were better off as slaves in Egypt than dying in the desert.  You may be afraid.  Your situation may seem hopeless and from your vantage point there is no solution and things can only get worse.  Get this!!  The things we see are only temporary – THAT MEANS THEY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY MOMENT!  Anything can change – turn around.  When discouraged tell yourself, “This too shall pass.”  You may need help in a marriage, job, healing, fighting an addiction or something else.  The Israelites were terrified.  God told Moses “Don’t be afraid – stand firm – the Egyptians you see today, you’ll never see again – the Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still” (Ex. 14:10,13,14).  God has a solution for your problem(s).  What appears impossible is merely an opportunity for the Lord to do something special for you.  Don’t be afraid – stand still – put it in His hands and give Him the joy of answering your prayer.  Perhaps you’ve been praying for something a long time, but when God moves, the answer comes instantaneously.

 

Pastor Carnes