Today's Devotion (Sunday)

Divine Escort

EXODUS 23:20-33

Key Verse:

"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared" (Exodus 23:20).

Having delivered the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh, the Lord kept on leading them through Moses towards the Promised Land. This time around, He decided to lead them by His Angel. He promised to send His Angel to lead and keep Israel through the wilderness into the land of Canaan, the land He had promised and prepared for them. The Lord warned them not to provoke the Angel. For us, believers, we are not to grieve the Holy Spirit. Provoking the Angel of the Lord, would bring great punishment on Israel. The Lord also forewarned them not to serve the idols of the inhabitants of Canaan. They were to serve Him only, the true and living God. After the warning, He promised them that He would bless their bread and water, prevent all forms of epidemic from visiting them, give them good health and healing as well as fruitfulness both in body and spirit. He also laid bare His security plan for them. He would make them conquer and subdue their enemies not by their own weapons, but by the terror He would lay on the enemies’ hearts and by sending hornets to scare them away. God told them the reason why He would not drive out all their enemies at once, but gradually. It was to preserve the nation of Israel from the beasts of the land that might gather themselves together to exterminate them. A loving God indeed we have, who will never leave His people alone on their journeys in this wilderness called life. His Holy Spirit has been appointed to lead and comfort us. We must make sure that we do not grieve His Spirit. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit; therefore avoid it like a dreaded plague.

Thought for the day: If God be for us, who can be against us?

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