God is Ever Present – Exodus 13: 21-22


Exodus 13:21-22

21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Exodos is a Greek word meaning departure. The Biblical Exodus means the “Book of Departure from Egypt”.

The Book of Exodus tells us of the Hebrew’s escape from Egypt and the start of Israel as a covenanted nation.

In this book, Moses reminds the people that God looked after them (the Hebrew’s), even while they were in the desert.

He gave them food, drink and everything they needed to live in the barren area.

Why were the Hebrew people sent to the desert for so long?

God needed them isolated to the point where they had to become totally dependent on him, so they would see him as the one true God who could care for them completely, even in places like a desert.

While the people were wandering through the desert, they followed a huge cloud that God sent. When the cloud moved, they moved. When the cloud stood still, they stayed in place.

Something I had never thought of, until studying this passage was: did the cloud do anything else; other than lead them?

Yes it most certainly did! In the day; the cloud covered them from the sweltering hot sun and in the night; it burned as a pillar of fire, keeping them warm.

It was a constant reminder that God was with them and would always look after his children.

As long as they were faithful to God, He would always be faithful to them.

Heavenly Father

You are the one and only true God. You love us, nurture us and carefully watch over us each and every day.

Some days we see you working in our lives and sometimes we don’t. Regardless you are always there.

I’m sure the Hebrew people felt you weren’t with them during some of their days in the desert, even though they were right in the midst of your miracles.

Sometimes your miracles happen so often, that we begin to take things for granted. Without you providing for us (sun, rain, soil, water, animals, etc.) where would be?

Father, I thank you for loving us so much that you watch over us everyday in ways that we aren’t even aware of anymore.

Please Lord, help me to remember each and every day to thank you for all your gifts to me.

Never let me forget that you are my one and only provider.

Thank you Father.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

Who Am I Worshipping?

JEREMIAH 10: 6-7

6Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.7Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

Who am I worshipping is a post explaining Jeremiah 10:6-7
There is none like you Lord. You are great and your name is great in power.

Who are you worshipping today?

Jeremiah 10:6-7 tells us that the prophet Jeremiah was telling the citizens what it was like to worship the true God. Similarly, he told them that his God was great, powerful and wiser than any man in the nations. Jeremiah also said that God was a real entity not an idol made of stone, in other words someone who would hear when spoken to!

Instead of looking to the true God, the people were crafting their idols out of gold, silver, stone or clay. Because they had something with form to see and talk to, they worshipped the statues, and in addition, they had idols for many different reasons and believed their gods would help them.

Idols were designed with ears, eyes, mouths, bodies, hands, arms, legs, and feet. Even though they had human features, they couldn’t think, feel, see or give help of any kind. Jeremiah is telling the groups that although the God he worships cannot be seen, He does listen, see, think, move, feel, and create.

The Prophet Jeremiah is explaining that there is no one in the entire world as great as the true God. Even, the wisest person or idol on earth (through-out all of history) can’t even begin to come close to the Creator God and never will.

Who Am I Worshipping – A False Idol?

A false idol is anything or anyone who takes your main focus away from God, in other words, it’s ok to have material items, money, etc. but you must remember to remain balanced. If you’re living your life just to be in a position of having “stuff”, then you are worshipping the wrong things. If however, you find you have no time in your day for God, that means you are not worshipping God at all because wants to be included in our daily lives.

Who Am I Worshipping – A False Prophet?

For countless individuals in todays world, believing in God is not at the top of the list, instead, they find many different ways to worship. In many instances, people are told to believe in and take control of their own lives. False gods, false prophets, actors, TV evangelists, “religious” figureheads all claim to want to help you. They don’t help! Then there are kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, and many others of the world, who hold power and prestige. Those are the people who claim to have your best interest at heart. In most cases they don’t!

Still, others worship material items (money, clothing, houses, boats, RV, toys of any kind) and don’t even consider what comes at the end of their lives on this earth. When the end of their time arrives, will their false idols or prophets be able to help the into a good eternal resting place? Nope! Therefore, none of the above should receive the adoration and love of the people that only God deserves. But unfortunately many of the false idols and false prophets are adored and revered.

What or who is your idol?

So then, what/who is your idol? False prophet, false idol or money, TV, social media, games, fun toys, etc.? All of these people and items can be considered as idols, and if they are unbalancing the time you spend with God then they are especially over-weighted in the wrong direction. If you love the idol(s) more than you do God then even those who know and love God, can easily slip from the straight and narrow path if they aren’t careful and paying attention.

What are you worshipping?

I am praying for you…

Those who are out of balance or don’t know God, I pray you see the true light and love of God: the Father, Creator; Son; Jesus, our Saviour; and, Holy Spirit, the helper and advisor. God is an awesome Father and in spite of what people may say, he does not take your fun away, he is not super strict, he is not mean and controlling, he does however, give his children pure love and brings peace, joy and stability into our lives, forever!

There is no one like you, Lord. Your are great and your name is great in power. Who would not fear (be in awe of) you as you are King of the nations and for this is your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You.

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HEAVENLY FATHER

Who do I worship Father, I worship you! There is no other true God because You are the Creator God, that sent from Heaven, your only son, who became man (Jesus). He lived and experienced all that humans do. One day, Jesus was crucified and then (hallelujah) 3 days later, rose to life again. There are many humans who claim to be God, but once they die, they never rise from death to life. Further more, when Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to teach, watch over and guide us. What an awesome, loving God you are.

Sin (Satan) is in this world, convincing people that you don’t exist and they believe the lie. Unfortunately, humans can not receive life eternal from any idols; human or not. Therefore when a non-Christian passes away from this earth, they will not be concerned of what lies ahead. In addition, they won’t even realize that they are heading to eternal death without any way to stop.

I’m praying Father for the people who don’t know you. Longing for their eyes and hearts to open before it’s too late for them. I also crave that every living being becomes in awe of you Lord, because you are the one and only true God who has and will live forever. Above all else; that those who love and abide in you, will live eternally with you.

No one is as mighty or as high as you.

You are the creator of this universe. Only you are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. The King of kings, the Eternal one, forever and ever.

Thank you Father for being my God and the one and only true God of the world. I pray Father that people’s eyes are opened to you and all that you are.

In Jesus’ precious name.

Amen