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Today we are continuing our series based on the book of Exodus, that reveals God’s concern for His people.
The series is titled “The God Who Reveals Himself in Times of Need”
Today we are discussing The Helper for Human Situations.
Exodus 15:26 (AMP)
26 saying, “If you will diligently listen and pay attention to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and listen to His commandments, and keep [foremost in your thoughts and actively obey] all His precepts and statutes, then I will not put on you any of the diseases which I have put on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
Think with me for just a moment.
Try to imagine any situation in life that you might face; marriage, employment choices, education, loss of health, raising children, inward struggles, or countless other situations.
As you think of these situations, ask yourself, “How can I face these situations?”
Let me challenge you to bring God into every circumstance of your life.
Exodus 15:22 – Exodus 18:27 tells us about the Israelites’ journey from the Red Sea to Sinai, including their time in the wilderness.
The author of Exodus intended to tell more than the narration of a journey.
He wanted the Israelites to know that God could help them in various situations in life.
Let’s have a look at some of them.
- God helps with our daily necessities.
- God helped Israel with some necessities of life.
Three stories in Exodus 15:22- 18:27 have to do with the practical necessities of food and drink.
God came to meet these daily situations of the Israelites time and time again.
He sweetened the bitter waters of Marah in Exodus 15:22-25.
He spread a table in the desert and supplied it with bread from heaven in Exodus 16:1-36.
He brought water from a rock at Meribah in Exodus 17:1-7.
These episodes tell us that God is interested in the daily necessities of life.
B. God helps people with the necessities of life.
The psalmist said in Psalm 23:1 (AMP)
23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
This last sentence could be translated, “I shall not want for anything that I really need.”
The psalmist expressed confidence that God would help us with our needs.
Jesus taught us to pray, Matthew 6:11 (AMP)
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
The Lord wanted His followers to seek the daily provisions of life.
Notice that God helps with our needs, not our wants.
The Lord might listen to our wants, but He basically seeks to provide what we need.
Whenever a need arises, ask God for help.
2. God helps with our aggravating enemies.
- God helped Israel win over their enemies (Exodus 17:8-16).
As the Israelites travelled toward Sinai, they encountered the Amalekites, who attacked them.
This was the first conflict of the Israelites.
With Moses on the mountain and Joshua in the valley, God helped Israel win over the Amalekites.
After the battle ended, the Israelites raised a victory alter and named it Jehovah-nissi, which means, “The Lord is my banner” (Exodus 17:15-16)
This story of the defeat of the Amalekites showed how the Lord saved His people from the enemy.
B. God will deliver His people today.
God has not changed.
Furthermore, God’s people still encounter enemies.
God will be our “banner,” our inspiration to defeat our enemies, including satan.
The devil seeks to thwart God’s purpose in our lives.
If we depend on the Lord and look to Him, we can win over satan.
James said in, James 4:7 (AMP)
7 So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.
God has also provided victory over our final enemy, death, by Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
To the enemy of death, the Christian may say as in 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (AMP)
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin [by which it brings death] is the law;
57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.
3. God helps with our godly service.
- God used Jethro to help Moses with the administration of justice.
Jethro’s visit to the camp of the Israelites was more than a mere meeting.
God used Jethro to help Moses with his godly service.
Jethro spent a day watching Moses judge the people and observed that the responsibility was too great for Moses alone.
Thus he counselled Moses to share the responsibility with others.
Moses took Jethro’s advice and selected others to help.
The story reflects three prominent traits of Moses;
His devotion to the people, his readiness to take advice, and his willingness to delegate authority.
Moses evidently wanted to be a more effective servant of the Lord.
B. God helps us with our godly service.
God uses other people to help us with our service and also reprimand and counsel us.
No service we render for God to others is ever perfect.
Let us listen and heed advice so that we might be equipped for more effective ministry.
God can help you in every human situation.
The only reason that God will not help you is if you refuse to let Him.
Open your life to the Lord, he will help you.
Until next time
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