EXODUS 14 IN FOCUS
5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.
It is! the soccer defender will never watch a striker bypass him to score a goal. He would do all things possible to avert defeat. We are at war in the world. We have a target to hit in our daily lives. The onus is on us to make it to heaven but we face great obstacles each day! We face obstacles that are strong enough to sway us from getting to our promised land. Jesus said, ‘2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.’ John 14:2.
Imaging how intriguing it is for a little child to know that his father abroad would return pretty soon with an awesome bounty for him. Just imagine how hopeful this child would be each day looking forward to receiving his precious gift. If anyone threatens him of loosing his gift because of a behavior, he would definitely drop that behavior instantly for the sake of the gift he is hoping to see! ‘ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ Hebrews 11.
If your target is to make it to Heaven then ‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.‘ The Pharaohs of our time would do all things alluringly possible to stop us from getting to the promise land.
It is a paradox to notice how difficult it is for a drunkard to absolutely stop drinking. When he makes a resolution never to drink again, that little sip will call him and he will take a step to a small glass and then he will return to his footprints! hmm life!
Pharaoh and his officials did not just take any mere men to pursue what they were missing. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.‘
When the devil was tempting Jesus Christ, he chose the best strategies. He knew Jesus was very hungry and asking Jesus to turn stones into food would have infuriated Him (Jesus) to prove that He could do it to show that indeed He is the son of God. ‘The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Jesus knew who He was and He did not need the devil’s challenge to know who He was as it was in the days of Adam.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3
We have a home to go and we have obstacles to overcome. We need to understand that the world is ready to do all things possible to make us stay in the world. The world is ready to present us with its riches and glory, suffering and pain, doubts and hopelessness, unending trials and temptations from familiar and unfamiliar people and things, and all things in a small or big way that are capable of stopping us from getting to our promised land. We ought to be vigilant!
An hour is coming when we shall account for everything we have done and we are doing. Will we be faithful stewards?
We have a journey to take to the promised land. Jesus is coming again!!! Be watchful!!!
how can we make it to heaven in this evil and adulterous generation?
BY:: William Williams (Bristol, England: 1745)
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
[or Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer…]
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
Lord, I trust Thy mighty power,
Wondrous are Thy works of old;
Thou deliver’st Thine from thralldom,
Who for naught themselves had sold:
Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer,
Sin, and Satan and the grave,
Sin, and Satan and the grave.
When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.