Scripture Reading: Exodus 14: 13-22
St. Ignatius of Antioch starts today’s reflection this way: “A tree is shown by its fruits, and in the same way those who profess to belong to Christ will be seen by what they do. For what is needed is not mere present profession, but perseverance to the end in the power of faith”.
In the dark of night and in the looming silence from the people of God, the pillar of cloud moved behind the people, becoming a lamp to their feet and a shield from their enemy. The wind of God blew and divided the waters, without a drop left behind. The Israelites walked onto dry ground. There was nothing to delay their departure, nothing to entrap them before their enemy. It was a completed work on the path to victory.
You need not wonder if the land you stand on in your Red Sea moment will be dried, God does nothing less than a completed work when you trust Him. Even when things seem their darkest, Jesus is your Light and your Salvation. Fear nothing! There is victory in the wind of God, dry ground before the mouth of water and an enemy that will be swept away before the Living God.
Be encouraged today not to despair at those Red Sea moments. Look around and see God’s power subduing the powers of the enemy. He is moving behind you, shedding light on your situation in your darkest moments. He is directing you to the shore of the sea so that He can breathe on your impasse, causing it to part before you. He is making His presence known, and He leaves no question as to who is the Lord. Do not despair when you face those Red Sea moments for the Lord is ready to fight for you. Only be silent and listen for His wind.
Dawn Hill wrote: “Too many saints faint at the mouth of the water, and instead of standing still (to then move forward), they renounce the victory. It has been said that the darkest moment is just before dawn. In this case, it would seem that the fiercest battles happen just before victory breaks forth. It comes down to a matter of trust and experience. We can trust the Lord based on His word for the expected end when at the water’s mouth. And we can also glean from our past experiences of the many times He took us through on dry ground.”
Jude 17:20b-25; Ps 63:2.3-4.5-6 (R.2b); Accl Col 3:16a. 17c; Gosp Mk 11:27-33 WEEKDAY Ss Marcellinus & Peter, B. (Opt Mem)
1. Father You have given to me Your peace which transcends all human understanding. Peace, not as man gives, You bequeathed to me. Not as the world gives; it is Your divine peace. Therefore, Lord, I will not let my heart be troubled, neither will I be afraid. I will not be agitated or disturbed for I rely on Your words in Psalms 46:1-7. Father Your words in Psalms 37:27-29 gives me strength and assurance that You are with me. Thank You Lord for Your care over me.
Exercise: Pray with Psalms 46:1-7 and believe God for a miracle.
Meditation: Psalms 37: 27-29.