I have to go slowly. Take my time. Listen. I can’t rush, and I can’t barrel.
Pause. The nourishment from the Word comes to me when I quiet. When I still. When I ponder. There is no rushing this process for me. I find my impatience telling. Peace, peace to myself- I preach.
Exodus 13-15English Standard Version (ESV)
Consecration of the Firstborn
13 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.
I can’t grasp, and I can’t cling. Consecration… present as holy. Open hands and Open heart.
Meaning and purpose is mine in Christ- for my life, my family, my marriage, my children! The Holy Spirit anoints it all.
In Exodus 13-15, God’s mighty outstretched hand is displayed. Chapter 15 is an exultant response of worship.
15 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider[e] he has thrown into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The Lord is a man of war;
the Lord is his name. v 1-3 ESV
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? V 11 ESV
20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.” V 20-21 ESV
I feel the full-hearted swell of the people of God, praising and worshipping God.
Immediately (in Scripture) after this exultant wave of praise and victory and their realization that the Lord has utterly vanquished their enemy and protected them… they are led to another difficulty. Bitter, undrinkable water. And then-after three days- the Lord makes it sweet.
22 Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah.[f]24 And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log,[g]and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. Ex 15: 22-24 ESV
And then to Elim… where they camp by twelve springs of water.
Highs and Lows. Victories and Frustrations. Fear and Safety. And the Lord in it all.
I ponder the ways of the Lord. It is a good lesson for me. I should not allow my circumstances to interpret my Lord to me- but rather- look to the Lord for understanding of my circumstances. His goodness and faithfulness are constant and unchanging.
Ephesisans 3- the new covenant
The tremendous fullness of Christ WITHIN
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[c] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ESV
A fullness and provision that is always available and surpasses knowledge. The love of Christ and the power of the Spirit in every circumstance… and not just for a people corporately- but for me, the individual. Help me, Lord.
Lord, cleanse my heart and ignite my faith and passion for You. Help me to know the full joy of living for You, according to Your Ways, and in Your purpose. Lord, thank You that as Your follower… I can say: Who is like You? Majestic in Holiness? Awesome in Glory? Working wonders… Thank You that You are majestic, awesome and holy! Thank You that You work wonders! Thank You, thank You, thank You for Your great mercy and love. Forgive my sin and wrong-doing O God and release Healing in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.