Devotional 3/31

Look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. Isaiah 36:6

God is too wise to be mistaken. God is too good to be unkind. So when you don’t understand, when you can’t see His plan, when you can’t trace his hand… trust His heart.

In Egypt, we were slaves to sin, we didn’t know God. He had mercy on us and forgave us because we knew not what we did… but once we began to walk with God, a supernatural work began in us by His Spirit.

We will always battle with sin and self, because we are not in a resurrected and glorified body- we are in this naturally wanton body. But God’s Word has already begun to renew our minds, and we should look to live our lives in accordance with His will.

Egypt represents our past former lifestyles, where we were slaves to sin. We went after the lust of our flesh, the lust of our eyes and we lived in pride. These are our natural desires and inclinations. In the past God may have winked over worldliness and self dependence, because we were newborns and toddlers in the faith. Have you grown in God? God requires more from you, now that you are growing and maturing.

Egypt represents the dismissal of God. Trusting in Egypt is to trust in our strength, to trust in other people and to do as we please, according to our own counsel. Egypt was/is an idolatrous nation, they held Israel captive for centuries and God often used Egypt as a punishment or consequence to Israel’s disobedience. Idolatry is many things: because idolatry means, “to depend”, “to believe in”, “to rely on” or “place trust in”. Simple things like money, jobs, positions, income, friends, spouses, family, and material objects like clothing, awards, tech gadgets, etc., can become gods in our lives (idolatry), and God is a jealous God. I’m convinced that God will withhold a thing from us, if he knows we will make a god of it Another thing He does is warn us so that we may avoid making a god of a ‘thing’. Remember reliance on anything other than God, bring consequences of captivity.

Today God challenges us: will you rely on a thing which will inevitably hurt you in the long run?

Let’s pray:

Lord God, omniscient father, El Roi, mighty counselor… I come before you Jesus to present all of our burdens and worries to you. Lord may you direct our path, rip things out of place, change mindsets and increase our reverence for you. We need wisdom and conviction, but of these come after having fear of the Lord. May you hide us in the cleft of the rock, and keep us from trusting in ourselves, or men and their chariots. In Jesus name, Amen.

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