Spirit & Life Devotional
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Use Your Rod
"But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea." Exodus 14:16 NKJV
Pharaoh was chasing the Israelites in order to recapture them. As he got closer, the children of Israel saw them and were very afraid, and they cried out to the Lord. Moses tried to encourage them, “Do not be afraid," he said, "Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
Moses was waiting for God but God said to him, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea." Moses had a rod but hadn't fully understood the power and the potentials of it. God told him, "In your hand is something powerful to bring about the miracle and change you seek, use it!"
Elijah knew what his mantle could do; when he and Elisha got to the bank of Jordan river, he didn't ask God what to do; he took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. Elisha learnt very fast; on his way back, he also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, stood by the bank of the Jordan, struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and he crossed over! Hallelujah!