“The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2
Finding strength is something that a lot of people are searching for. They want the strength to make it through a difficult time. Many will look to things or methods to build up their physical strength. Energy drinks are commonly drank to help keep a person running for extreme amounts of time. Others will find strength in the encouragement given by friends and family, or in the hope of some promotion or recognition. While these may boost the strength for a moment, they are temporary and often will fail in the end.
Along with searching for strength, people will look for a defense. They want to be defended for their actions. The want to be protected because of their actions. People want to feel as though all of their actions were correct and be protected from the enemy by their own power.
As the Israelites were traveling out of Egypt, they were trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the Red Sea. God in His power and strength parted the waters of the sea and allowed them to cross on dry ground. After the crossing, He put the waters back and destroyed the armies of Pharaoh.
Once they crossed the people started praising God and recognizing that He was their strength and defense. God was the one who had saved them. It was not by their own powers or abilities.
There are many in the church who are looking for strength and a defense. Often they are like the world and seeking people or things to help them. They choose not to look to God who is the only one who can truly be their strength and defense.
You may be stuck between the enemy and a sea. It looks like an impossible situation. Look to God for the strength to keep moving forward. God brought you to that spot and He will bring you out of or through that situation. He has the strength that you need to overcome the enemy and situation.
Jesus is there to defend you against the lies and attacks of the enemy. He stands before God interceding for you daily.
Give God praise for being you strength and defense. He will provide the salvation you need. You or no one or anything else can do it for you.
I pray today that you will know the strength of God; that you will see God’s defense for you; that you will trust in God’s abilities to save you; and that you will give God all the praise for what He does for you.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
All over the world there are places of great beauty in nature. Great forests, trees, lakes, rivers, wild animals, mountains, valleys, and an endless list of other things of great beauty in nature. People will travel the entire world, just to see some of these locations of great beauty. It causes a person to stand in awe of how great an area is.
As many people view these places, they also believe that all of these great places happened only by chance and that there is no God behind it all. They believe in random chance in life.
When man enters the picture of this world, the things are not as great looking. Mankind has destroyed a lot of locations of natural beauty. They tear down and build houses and cities on it, they do not take care of it. In the end, man makes things second rate…at best.
God made everything that is and can be seen. In the beginning, when God made this great world, it was considered very good. God only makes the greatest and the best. This can be seen in locations around the world to this day.
Man was also created in perfection and was very good, until man sinned and fell away from God. However, God made a way for man to be restored, created new again. In the same way God created this great world, He also creates new men and women when they begin to follow Jesus.
As God is creating a person into a new person in Jesus, there will be tough times of molding and shaping. It is not always easy, yet it is what is required to be created new. Yet, through it all, God is doing something that is very good. He does not do anything bad.
During the times that are rough, you need to know that God is still at work at creating you into a new person. He will not do a bad job as He works on changing you.
If you are willing to follow Jesus and fully trust Him, in the end you will be very good. God will not mess up His creation. Only man destroys. God creates for life and beauty, not sin and destruction.
Trust God to do a very good job with your life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to create a new person out of you; that you will know that God only does what is best; and that everything will be worth what God gives you in the end.