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Bible verse for April 3
“The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.” Exodus 14:14
Prayer Reflections for April 3
I’ve read Exodus 14:14 a lot. I’ve seen it on social media images. I have also seen it written in beautiful cursive on notebooks and plaques. In the Christian world it seems to be everywhere I look. Not that I mind- I always took it as a great reminder that I didn’t have to do so much, I could let God do the work.
Well, for the first time in a long time, I read the beginning of Exodus 14. I found myself deep in the first few verses that led up to this known verse.
And do you know what is happening before this beautiful verse?
God is confusing the heck out of Pharoah.
This is before the splitting of the Red Sea (also in Exodus 14, just later on.) God decides to have the Israelites to turn back. They’re walking along, doing the whole escaping the Egyptians, and then God tells them to turn around. Now the point isn’t to confuse the Israelites following Moses. Actually, it has nothing to do with the Israelites. The whole purpose is to confuse Pharoah and to make Pharoah think they are lost. This way God gets to be glorified even more. Pharoah thinks they are lost, so he decides to take advantage of that. And then- BAM. They get swallowed up by the Red Sea.
However, the Israelites have no idea the miraculous Red Sea split is about to occur. How could they know? So they ask Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?” (Exodus 14:11). They forget that God has a plan that is bigger than what they think. It is even bigger than the Israelites reaching the Promised Land. It is to show the mighty power of God and let everyone know that He is God.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like the Israelites sometimes. I feel like I’m all turned around and nothing is going according to plan, and I have no idea why. Do you ever feel that way?
If you’re at a point of life where things aren’t making sense, and you’re hearing a clear answer from God, let us join together to remember that this moment may be bigger than us. God may be working out a few different things at once, and one day they will all come together for His glory.
- How can I glorify God when I feel turned around?
- In what ways could my story be bigger than simply being “my” story? Who else could this story affect?
Prayer for April 3
Dear Gracious and Wonderful God, WOW! You are working all things together for good. Just because I can’t always see the good, it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Allow me to open my heart and mind beyond my circumstances and praise God for all the good He is doing. I consider it an honor to be a part of the bigger story. In your name we pray, Amen.
Jessie Synan is a Master’s student in Theological Studies who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracting world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 5000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”