Word For Today: Monday, January 16 The People Feared The Lord



Monday, January 16

The People Feared The Lord

Topic: Trust In God’s Might and Power

Thus Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses.

Exodus 14:31 (NKJV)

Daily Reading Plan

Genesis 42-44

Bible Versions:

Exodus 14:31 (MSG) — And Israel looked at the Egyptian dead, washed up on the shore of the sea, and realized the tremendous power that God brought against the Egyptians. The people were in reverent awe before God and trusted in God and his servant Moses.

Exodus 14:31 (NLT) — When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Exodus 14:31 (NIV) — And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

Devotional Thoughts:

It is a great blessing as believers to enjoy the security we have in an Almighty God. The Bible teaches us how the power of God was manifested in the people of God throughout history. Again and again God displays his strong arm against the Egyptians. On several occasions God showed Pharaoh and the people of Egypt his power and great glory. What a blessing to know that God has the power to deliver his people, as in Exodus 18:10-11 Jethro exclaimed, “Blessed be the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh, and who has delivered the people from the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that Jehovah is greater than all gods: for in what is proved against them. “

Seeing this power demonstrated by God, what can we learn? We learn that we can trust, rely and have faith in God completely. We are able to see the Israelites who witness his power and wonders fearing the LORD and believing in Him and in His servant Moses. The difficulty of the people of Israel was that they often fluctuated between trusting in God and protesting, between faith and unbelief. But it was moments like these, when His power was demonstrated against Israel’s enemies that Israel’s faith and trust became stronger in God.

Today we can trust and rely on God’s power. We can be safe and confident in God. Just as the people of Israel we will have difficult and urgent situations, but we trust in the power of God! The Lord has promised to defeat our enemies and give us a complete victory, but to see this we must be able to trust the mighty hand of God. I wonder how we will respond to its power in our lives? The proper response to God’s power should always be to fear (awe, reverent fear), trust and obedience. Do not forget that it is not by sword, nor by might to get complete victory, it will be only through faith in witnessing the power of God!

Topical References:

Psalms 106:12 (NKJV) — Then they believed His words; They sang His praise.

2 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV) — For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Joshua 4:24 (NKJV) — that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”

Psalms 144:1–2 (NKJV) — Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle— My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.

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