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Exodus 15:1-3,20-21,25-26 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name... Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea”... Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them. He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

The song of a victorious people is joyful indeed but this song takes on much more significance because it celebrates the one who freed them from slavery and delivered them in such a dramatic and powerful way. Add to that Miriam's song with the Israelite women and we can see a real joyful celebration indeed.

Two million plus people celebrating God surely was a sight but is it not amazing that in three days time, they were back to complaining!!! Is this a representation of us today or just evidence of 430 years of hardships echoed?

For such a large nation to witness God's mighty hand of deliverance was no simple feat. The plagues in Egypt and God's protection of His people was significant enough but this latest victory over the hard-hearted Egyptians certainly established God as being in PERFECT control.

To murmur against God a few days after this great deliverance seems to show the real heart of these people and one wonders if they genuinely realized and trusted God when they sang the song of victory or if it was just to momentarily acknowledge God because they feared death.

These people who walked through walls of sea water parted exclusively for them are now bitter about not having potable water to drink shows us that in our natural human selves, we are momentary in our feelings and expression and situations do not change our character.

Why then would God still be patient with such a hard-hearted lot we wonder? What is the hope for us today because we are not any different from the Israelites of then.

Yesterday I heard some colleagues talk about the big lottery pot and how they were all buying tickets for it. As the discussion carried on, one woman pointed out a research report that described how lotteries destroyed the lives of the winners and all these colleagues started to suggest how they would be careful with their winnings and not go down that same path.

We all are a people who live for the moment and a change of heart is the least likely response regardless of how dramatic a situation we go through.

It is for this reason that God sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us and to give us a way back to Him. When we receive salvation through the forgiveness of sins by Jesus' blood shed on the cross and are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are transformed by God right from our heart and that transformation is total and complete.

It does not mean we will never complain again once we are saved but it sure means that the Holy Spirit that resides in us will show our broken attitudes and bring us back to seeking God's forgiveness and blessing in our lives.

For those of us who are saved by the grace of God, I pray that we will humble ourselves once again to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit that convicts and conforms us to God's ways.

For those who have not yet been transformed by the love of God, I pray that you will call on Jesus as your Lord and Master now and give your brokenness to Him for His complete transformation of you.

In His Loving Service,


2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NLT) ...whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

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