Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Lord: Worthy of Adoration
Exodus 15:1-18

  
Mercy Mariam Koshy

Carmel MTC, Boston MA

"2.The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him."
 

This passage, titled the ‘song of Moses’, is the first of many songs recorded in our Scripture. Moses received God’s call and his ordination on top of the Sinai. Hampered with a speech impediment, Moses initially didn’t feel worthy of taking on the enormous task of leading the charge of His people’s deliverance. Although at first reluctant, Moses accepts this call and to put this into any sort of perspective relieving a whole people from the bondage of earth’s most powerful man, Pharaoh. Who among us would similarly trust God and venture forth?
 
God used a flawed man like Moses to fulfill His plan. Israel’s children had completed their mission in Mizraim, staving off a great famine, and erecting tall structures to Pharaoh’s orders. Time had come for them to return to Canaan as a beacon for the world. The crossing of the Red Sea is one of the most spectacular events in human history and one that changed its course. This  occurred when Moses put his implicit trust in, and cried out to, the One who spoke to him from the burning bush - a bush that was burning, but  not being consumed.

‘Drawn from the waters' of the Nile, Moses led his people through the waters of the Red Sea. Just imagining the event in the fullness of God’s glory can make one tremble. That God is worthy of our glorification. The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses still lives, and will deliver us from our errant ways. But that’s not all. Verse 13 says: faithful to your promise, you led the people you had rescued; by your strength, you guided them to your sacred land.”

 
After shepherding us to still waters, God doesn’t leave us hanging; He’s ready to see us through to the end. He brought us to the edge of the sea; He’ll help us cross it.

Before we petition for our array of needs (Supplication), before we offer thanks for His blessings (Thanksgiving), before we confess our wrongdoings (Confession), we must praise the one true God (Adoration). We need to acknowledge our awe of His presence, and completely surrender to His power.

PRAYER

Our Almighty Father in heaven, Your name shall be hallowed; Because Yours is the kingdom and all the powers, and all the glory for all that’s on earth. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 
“I have shown your glory on earth; I have finished the work you gave me to do.” John 17:4
Everything we’re called to do, and all what we accomplish, are by and for the glory of God.