Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Conductor

UV 2716/10000 The Conductor
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
Exodus 14 v 21

The Lord enabled Israel led by Moses to walk on dry land through the middle of the Red Sea. The implication for believers today is that the Lord is able to do the supernatural, the miraculous, the impossible for the faithful. Like Moses we just need to stretch our hand over whatever seems overwhelming in our circumstances, the Lord will reveal His power. He will send the east wind and divide the forces against us. Even though there is a life –threatening flood around us, He will enable us to walk on foot and on dry land through it. He gives us deliverance and victory that we may praise Him and remain grateful all our lives. Moses walked so close to the Lord that his hand became the extended hand of the Lord, his mouth became the extended mouth of the Lord. His word became the word of the Lord. His eyes became the extended eyes of the Lord. When we are connected with Jesus, we become like a copper wire that conducts the power of electricity that is generated in the powerhouse.

It is the wind that the Lord sends our way that causes us to win. Heads or tails, we win for if we win, we win, if we lose, we learn. An oppressive wind or force may rise against us but the Lord will send His wind of favour to us. Sometimes, we take wrong decisions and travel in the wrong direction. Yet the Lord will protect us. Jonah disobeyed the command of the Lord to deliver a message to Nineveh. He moved in the opposite direction. The ship Jonah was travelling on was caught in a storm and was wrecked. But the Lord sent a whale to preserve Jonah’s life. Jonah learnt from his failure to obey the Lord. He made amends and then went to Nineveh. We too will experience mid-course corrections. We learn from our failures. The Lord was with Jonah on the ship as it was being torn apart by the storm. He was with him as he fell into the stormy waters. He sent the whale to swallow him. He was with him in the belly of the whale. The hand of the Lord was upon Jonah.

Like Moses, we need to communicate and relate face to face with the Lord. The more time we spend in the presence of the Lord, the more anointed, blessed and powerful we would be. The tongue, the hand and the staff of Moses was endowed with power. The staff he threw down turned into a serpent that swallowed the serpents of the magicians and priests of Pharaoh: this is a symbol that we will not be overpowered but that we will overcome the adverse circumstance as well as the adversaries. Like Moses, the radiance of the Lord should be seen on our faces as we behold Him with unveiled faces. To have unveiled faces, we need to remove our blinkers, anything that distorts our vision and our values. Like Moses, we need to daily receive the word of commandment from the Lord and enthusiastically obey Him. No worldly power can stand before us even as Pharaoh and his army could not defeat Moses. No earthly force or natural disaster or calamity or mishap can destroy us. No spiritual force can harm or touch or influence us. The hand of Moses had no power or strength on its own except what the Lord conferred on him. We too are powerless and vulnerable without the strength and defence of the Lord. We need to cling to Him and rejoice in the strength He provides, rejoice in Him, rejoice in His provision and blessings, rejoice in His word, His commands, His anointing and leading.

Prateep V Philip

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