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Exodus 12:29-51, Exodus 13:1-22, Genesis 50:24-25, Psalm 106:6-12, Hebrews 11:22, Hebrews 11:27-28
BY Vina Mogg
God’s people had been living as slaves in Egypt for 430 years to the day on the very night Pharoah burst into Moses’ and Aaron’s presence, urging them to leave.
“Get out,” Pharoah said. “Go”
After living as captives in Egypt in a place that was not their true home, the children of Israel grew complacent in their lifestyle of faith. Would they trust God to suddenly, urgently lead them away from a life that was known and comfortable even though it wasn’t where they were designed to live? Would that urgency of fleeing on foot in a great mob under the leadership of Moses, the one who faced the anger of Pharaoh in a house full of death, be enough to send them out into the unknown, away from safety, security, comfort?
God is a God of rescue. We may wait years for deliverance from areas we are captive: fear, hard relationships, difficult living situations, physical or spiritual poverty. Deliverance testifies to His power. “He saved them for his name’s sake, to make his power known” (Psalm 106:8).
There will be a moment where we too sense Him saying to us, “Now. Go. Get up.” There will be an opportunity to depart what has been comfortable, to exodus into a place unknown and frightening and exciting all at once.
Will we speak that truth? Help that friend? Reach out to that lonely person? Move to the new neighborhood? Stay in the current neighborhood with a renewed purpose to be the one that reflects the God that longs to be worshiped?
As Christians who have been comfortable in our setting, our surroundings, our language, are we willing to be led out into an emerging new landscape? What does this look like in all that has been familiar—our friendships, our family relationships? How will God’s urgent, insistent call to rise change how we speak in difficult conversations?
God will lead if we will go. He promises as you go, He will lead you to take courage as you walk away from what has been familiar. Out of comfort. Into the wilderness. Only there will you come to know Him and depend on Him like never before.
You were not meant to stay in captivity. You were meant to rise up and go out, in the middle of the darkness, in the middle of the chaos, into a new place of relationship with Him. Rise. Go!
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Wow!! I’m behind on the readings by a week and a half, but God… He wanted me to be behind so I can read this on His divine timing for my life. A week and a half ago, this would have just been another day of devotional reading.. Amazing nonetheless, but it wouldn’t have touched me like it did today. I feel like He totally spoke to me because today’s reading about being called to rise, is where I’m at in this new season of my life. This week hasn’t been easy on the outside with all its circumstances, but on the inside I feel a deep sense of joy, and I know it’s God. I’m so excited that He is working in and through me to show others who He is through how He’s working in my life. And I know it won’t be easy but it’ll be worth it for Him, and that He’s got me through it all. It’s hard to explain fully but it’s such a profound peace.
Continuing to pray for you all and all the requests. Sending love and light.
Perfectly said! Thank you! ❤️
When Pharaoh let them go, If the Israelites had been asked, they might have said “Let’s take a well traveled road to a nearby land.” When God led them on the road of the wilderness toward the Red Sea, I’m sure there were those who questioned the wisdom of that decision. They probably thought they knew a better way. But God knew their nature and that that road would take them right back to captivity. How often do I see circumstances and decide how I think things should work out and question God when he has a different plan? I see a path that makes sense to me and I don’t know why God would lead me on a harder path. But I don’t know what sort of turn I’d take if I’d gone down the other path. God has a plan for my rescue and knows my nature just like he knew theirs and I need to remember what he’s already done for me and trust that His path is best.
I needed this tonight.
Very fitting devotion for where I am in my life right now. God told me to leave technology sales and make beautiful outdoor spaces for others with Him. It has been a scary but thrilling experience to start my own business with complete reliance on Him. If we will just obey and “Go” – the blessings of obedience are overwhelming!
This has been my favorite so far! It’s so fitting to my life right now. God is saying GO! Do those things that you’re scared of doing for I am leading you to exodus….and through my power by your faith in me, I am keeping you safe!
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