January 18

Power For The Future

“Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today…The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” Exodus 14:13-14

God's power does not operate until we move beyond the realm of our possibilities. As long as we can do it in our own strength, there is no need for God to display His power. We must move beyond our abilities if a watching world will ever see the power of God. This feat is seen dearly in our text as the recently freed Hebrew slaves found themselves surrounded by impossibilities. Before them was a sea that could not be crossed. Beside them was a barren wasteland. Behind them was an enemy that desired to capture them and take them back to where they had been. In this difficult situation they had three options:

• They could go back. 

• They could stand still.

• They could go forward. 

So, for the children of God, there is only one real option -go forward! As we move forward under God's direction and by His power, we must be careful. Around us are many roads that can only lead to defeat and death. Doctrinal deviation, isolation, cowardly compromise, and division are to be avoided. Before us there is a future. There is a land that flows with milk and honey. This future is as bright and powerful as the promises of God that we find in Scripture.

Remember, God can do amazing things with you when you decide to go forward, toward God’s will. Reach out to God and ask what “the future” looks like for you. Going forward could look like volunteering at church, praying with family or with strangers, inviting someone to church or setting a time to talk to Jesus every day. 

Prayer Focus: Lord we pray that Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will not be afraid to move forward with You. Your Power is beyond our comprehension, Lord. Help us to move beyond the realm of our possibilities so we can experience Your power. Please help me Lord to move forward with, (an area of your life: where you need to move forward). Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”