Exodus 12:14 – 16:22
Our Old Testament reading for today describes the Israelite’s first Passover, the dedication of their firstborn, their first travels through the wilderness, their encounter with the Egyptian army at the Red Sea, their Song of Deliverance and finally the Lord’s provision of manna and quail.
While I could focus on any one of these topics today, I want to focus on another topic: WAITING…

We read in 12:40 – 42 that the people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years. They had to wait 430 years for the LORD to keep his promise to bring the people out of the land of Egypt! While they were in bondage to the Egyptians making bricks did God’s people ever wonder if HE had forgotten His promise to Abraham--- to deliver them? I to believe that at least some did.

I think we all know what it feels like to wait and waiting can be difficult. So here in this passage we are reminded that the things worth having are worth the wait. We have all experienced waiting for something: completing our education, getting that RIGHT job, meeting that RIGHT spouse, starting a family…finding our dream house, etc.  Waiting is essential but then one day the waiting ends the new reality appears.

What are you waiting for right now? If you are waiting for something that God desires, then one day you will receive that gift. Don’t give up or give in to something less than what God would have for you. One day you will know that it was worth the wait.

by Paul Schmidt, Elder

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