God is Ever Present – Exodus 13: 21-22

Exodus 13:

[21] And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

[22] He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Exodos is a Greek word meaning departure. Exodus means the Book of Departure from Egypt.

The Book of Exodus tells us of the Hebrew’s escape from Egypt and the start of Israel as a covenanted nation.

In this book, Moses reminds the people that God looked after them (Hebrew’s), even while they were in the desert.

He gave them food, drink and everything they needed to live in the barren area.

Why were the Hebrew people sent to the desert for so long?

God needed them isolated to the point where they had to become totally dependent on him, so they would see him as the one true God who could care for them completely, even in places like a desert.

While the people were wandering through the desert, they followed a huge cloud that God sent. When the cloud moved, they moved. When the cloud stood still, they stayed in place.

Something I had never thought of, until studying this passage was: did the cloud do anything else; other than lead them?

Yes it most certainly did! In the day; the cloud covered them from the sweltering hot sun and in the night; it burned as a pillar of fire, keeping them warm.

It was a constant reminder that God was with them and would always look after his children.

As long as they were faithful to God, He would always be faithful to them.

Heavenly Father

You are the one and only true God. You love us, nurture us and carefully watch over us each and every day.

Some days we see you working in our lives and sometimes we don’t. Regardless you are always there.

I’m sure the Hebrew people felt you weren’t with them during some of their days in the desert, even though they were right in the midst of your miracles.

Sometimes your miracles happen so often, that we begin to take things for granted. Without you providing for us (sun, rain, soil, water, animals, etc.) where would be?

Father, I thank you for loving us so much that you watch over us everyday in ways that we aren’t even aware of anymore.

Please Lord, help me to remember each and every day to thank you for all your gifts to me.

Never let me forget that you are my one and only provider.

Thank you Father.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

Who Are You Worshipping? – Jeremiah 10: 6-7

JEREMIAH 10: 6-7

Jeremiah is showing the people what it is like to worship the true God. The people of that time thought that making an idol out of gold, silver, even stone was something that they could see and hence worship.

The idols that the people design have ears, eyes, mouths, bodies, hands, arms, legs, feet etc. but they can’t think, feel, smile, see or give help of any kind.

Jeremiah is telling the people that the God he worships cannot be seen but can feel, speak, listen, help, etc.

He is telling them that there is no one in the entire nation as great as the God he worships. Even the wisest person on earth (through-out all of history) can’t even begin to come close to God and never will.

Heavenly Father

There is no other Lord, only you. Idols have no mouths, no eyes, ears, no moving body parts, knowledge or hearts, so why do some people worship them?

Yes kings of the world hold power and prestige, but none should receive the adoration and love of the people that you deserve.

ALL others will pass away from this earth. Men should be in awe of you Lord, because you are the one and only.

No one is as mighty or as high as you. You are the creator of this universe. You are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. The King of kings, the Eternal one, forever and ever.

Thank you Father for being my God and the God of the world.

In Jesus’ precious name.

Amen