Scripture Reflection - Pharaoh and his officials, the enemy, had second thoughts and realized they let all their slaves go! They may have thought, ‘what were they thinking, we have no one to do all our work for us’? The enemy had to recapture the Israelites and get them back so it would be the way it was, back to familiarity. He took his best chariots, six hundred along with other chariots. Each chariot had two people, one to drive and one to fight. Pharaoh meant business, he realized he messed up and should have never let his slaves go.
God continued with his plan of harden Pharaoh’s heart and the kept the pursuit of the Israelites going. Meanwhile the Israelites were continuing to listen and stay focused. They were marching out boldly on their journey.
Current Reflection – When the enemy sees us confused and wandering the attack is heightened. The enemy wants us to continue to be the way we were; miserable, in bondage, not free of our past life and feeling dependent on old, comfortable ways. However, when he sees us boldly marching forward towards freedom he has to stop us and get us back to where he had us before or otherwise he will lose us forever.
Keeping ourselves focused and determined to stay on course can feel easy on some days. We work hard at what we know God wants us to do, we feel empowered. These are the days we feel like no enemy will ever get us off track.
Personal Reflection – How about you? Have you experienced those times when your attitude is that of ‘no one can take me down’? You feel bold, confident like a soldier read for battle. The enemy has not been attacking and you are determined to stay on the journey.
I love these times when I feel like God is holding my hand taking me on the journey with no enemy attacks. These times are experienced when I have worked hard at not complaining, reading God’s word, praying and trusting that God’s got my back. Periods like this help me know how it feels to have a positive, determined, fighting attitude on the journey.
I have grown to realize these times must be stored in my memory to be recalled when the journey changes. In time I know the enemy will come and attack again. So I must be ready!