“Out of Egypt”
Scripture context: Exodus 15:1-3, 19, 22-26
A few words on the Lesson Aim for Sunday. January 28, 2012: That you will learn that you will encounter trials but God will always lead you through.
This week, we are looking at the events immediately following God’s deliverance of the children of Israel by way of the Red Sea. The children of Israel had experienced the awesome power of God and had praised Him for the victory. Yet, they soon encountered a trial, or a testing of their faith, at the waters of Marah.
All this week, I have been meditating on the scripture where Jesus says, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23) And I questioned the Lord, “How do we come to know Jesus and be known by Him?” To which, God led me to the following scripture:
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Philippians 3:10-11)
We will experience victories in this life, but we are sure to suffer hardships as well. And as we go through difficult seasons, we must learn how to suffer well. As we suffer, we can view those seasons as opportunities for us to deepen our relationship with Christ as we share in the “fellowship” of His sufferings. Paul taught in 2 Timothy 2:12 “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.“
Our trials are what God uses to shape us into the image of Christ. In our Christian walk, we will learn that we will not be spared from losses, misfortunes, broken hearts, and other pains of this life. Yet, through it all, God is able to carry us through. He has an ear to hear, a should to cry on, and a heart to comfort us.
So, if you are going through today, be encouraged, because Christ has overcome the world! Surely, if He has overcome the world, He is able to overcome your problem, too. Hold on! God is faithful to carry you through whatever you are going through.