As we emerge out of a difficult fifteen months of limitations, restrictions, distancing, isolation, and uncertainty, we many times feel lethargic and uninspired.

Isaiah 43:2 tells us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

3500 years ago, over 2 million Israelites were trapped between the Red Sea and one of the most powerful armies in the world, the Israelites miraculously escaped through the water on dry ground while the entire army was annihilated in minutes. The Israelites were not trained or capable of fighting, they were told to stand firm and not fear what would have been a horrific slaughter awaiting them as they were trapped. In Exodus 14:14 God told them through Moses to do one thing, “Be Silent” while He will do the fighting. God told Moses to do two simple things, “Lift your staff and extend your hand over the sea”. That’s it, God did the rest. Throughout the night God caused a strong east wind to blow causing the water to divide allowing over 2 million people to cross on dry ground. How can this be when you have a people group who are untrained to fight, are not experienced at moving an entire nation effectively, are scared, who would rather go back to being slaves than dying in the desert? Yet within hours, the entire nation had crossed the sea, and Pharaoh’s army ceased to exist.

So, let’s talk about what’s happening now! Are we concerned about the impact the last fifteen months have had on us? Are we concerned about the moral decay of our country? Are we alarmed at how many people have walked away from the faith? Are we apprehensive of the fear of the unknown? God tells us He has our backs! He is with us at all times no matter what our circumstances. He asks us to do one thing, to have a relationship with Him that is real and personal. When we do this, do the world’s problems and issues go away? No! What does happen is God provides the means to experience Him in all of His glory and greatness in the trials of life. My prayer for SEC is to come before God and allow Him to lead and guide us from our knees. God has an incredible plan for us as the body of Christ at SEC. Are we willing to be lead through the water and fires to experience only what He can do?

 

Pastor Jim