A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for June 05, 2020
|Sometimes God Acts Quickly|
Text: "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:13
Ah, being still. That is no doubt the hardest thing for any of us to do. Perhaps it will be a comfort to know that others--like Moses and Paul--have struggled with it too.
This magnificent promise of God spoken through Moses was the prelude to the parting of the Red Sea and its eventual inundation of the entire Egyptian army. Moses acted by extending his rod of authority over the waves. And what happened? A strong wind drove back the water so much so that Israel crossed on dry land.
This miracle is one of the most spectacular in the Old Testament. First, there was the command of God--an essential precursor to any miracle. And secondly, there was the authoritative use of the Moses' rod--an illustration of the immense importance of spiritual authority in any spiritual event. Moses acted in God's stead.
There are times even today when God's servants need only to express the authority of Jesus Christ who dwells in them. For instance, the Apostle Paul was being harassed by a demonized girl who had fortune-telling powers. When he had enough, Paul turned and commanded the python spirit to depart.
It was as surely gone as the Red Sea was parted. In both instances, the keys were clear. In the case of the Red Sea, God's will was to part the water, and, millennia later, it was His will to deliver the girl. One event was an immense miracle in Israeli history; the other, the simple deliverance of a demonized girl.
In both cases, authority was the key. If you are a blood-bought believer, you too have the authoritative Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ living in you. There are times when He wishes to express His authority through you.
Even today, the waters can be parted, and the slave girl can go free!