faith / some thoughts & a gold sharpie

Last week was the start of a new devotional series over on She Reads Truth called A Fresh Start - I don't always have take the time to sit down and read, pray & journal over the day's devo, but every time I do I'm amazed at what God shows me.  Sunday was one of those days - last week I posted about my verse for the year things both big and small have been re-inforcing that verse over and over since then: sadly, the untimely death of a college classmate of mine - a beautiful girl whose love of life and Christ was immediately evident, the reading and learning that's been happening with my Character Development class, and the words and verses of this devotional plan.

This particular devotional was focused on Exodus 14, the chapter where the Israelites are running from the Egyptian army and wondering if they wouldn't have been better off staying enslaved in Egypt.  Just as the Israelites wished they could have stayed in Egypt, aren't there times when we'd rather stay in the darkness living with our fear, rather than venture out into the Light?  But God's redemptive work is done in the midst of our fear, doubt and helplessness - we can't make our fear disappear with our own willpower, but we can choose to trust our God - He has written the plan of our lives, and we need only to walk in that knowledge.

Moses told the Israelites "the Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still," (Exodus 14:14).  And fight for them He did - he parted the Red Sea, demolished their enemies and continued to lead them on.  And us?  He fought and won the ultimate battle for our souls against darkness and death.  But that's not all.  Not only did He purchase our souls at the price of his own blood, but he also fights daily for our hearts, pursuing us with unfathomable grace in the midst of our blindness & doubt until our eyes are opened to His glory again and again, and again.

How can His wild love and grace not be enough?  You and I can step out in faith from our darkness into the Light because we know the one who leads us & calls us.  We don't have to get rid of our doubt and fear to make ourselves ready.  His redemptive work is done right in the middle of our messy hearts so that His glory shines through all the brighter.  The Lord will fight for you, my friends, you need only to be still.  He knows your messy heart and yet He fights for it and loves it beyond imagining.  So let's take a step out in faith, knowing that its this crazy loving God who calls us out of the darkness and into the Light.

Lots of these thoughts are straight from the Day 6 devotional by Amanda Williams - please check it out!  I needed to revisit these truths on this gray, snowy day and I hope that by doing so you're encouraged as well.

1 comment:

  1. Love that passage from Exodus! And your thoughts on it are so encouraging =)


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