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Nighttime Confusion


Exodus 14:23-25

Verse 24 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.

We saw yesterday God’s power in making a way through the sea. Today His power is used on the offensive end of the exodus.

Remember a few days ago we talked about how the pillar of cloud and fire moved behind the Israelites and Egyptians? As the last of the mass caravan make their way onto the shore on the other side of the sea, the Lord looked back at the pursuing Egyptians as they have entered the seabed themselves. The Lord puts them into confusion and the ranks start to fall apart. The chariot wheels start catching on each other and getting mired into what moments before had been dry land. Their focus is taken off of the job they were there to do and suddenly other things started to become clear.

Imagine what things looked like for the Egyptian army at that moment. They find themselves with a pillar of fire moving in front of them between them and their former slaves. On either side of them they see walls of water. That must have shaken them a bit. It would have caused quite the stir as they would have known it wasn’t going to last forever. The confusion took over the ranks and chaos ensued.

God could have simply held the pillar of fire and cloud on the one side of the sea until His people were safe on the other side. If He would have crashed the sea back into place the Egyptians couldn’t have followed immediately, allowing the Israelites time to make some distance. God wasn’t wanting a reprieve for His people, He wanted victory and He was going to make it happen.

There are times in our lives when it seems like we are not going to make it through a situation we are in. We see so many bad scenarios available to us but can’t see a possible good outcome. As God’s followers we shouldn’t be focused on what is around us and what may happen but we need to look to God. He is the one that holds the power to change situations.

Making It Personal

What is a situation that seems impossible in your life right now? Are you looking to God or your circumstances? Do you believe God has the power to change your situation?

Making It Personal Kids

How much power does God have? Is there a way that you have seen God’s power? What did He do?

Closing Prayer

Father, we are in awe of Your awesome power. You are our mighty protector and we owe You our trust. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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