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           When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; Judah was His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion. The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.  The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?  Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?  Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters” (Psalms 114:1-8).

            God’s power is clearly portrayed throughout the Bible. It is seen in the creation: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:1-5). God created, from nothing, the earth and all that is found upon it. He set in progress the procreation of all things and saw all that He had created was good (Genesis 1:6-31). The creation itself is evidence of the power of the creator. The psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalms 19:1-3).  John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3).

            The psalmist stated that the sea fled before God (Psalms 114:3). We are told, “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. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left” (Exodus 14:21-22). Israel was able to cross the sea on dry land. However, when the Egyptians followed them into the sea their chariots and horses bogged down and when Israel was safe on the opposite shore God closed the sea destroying all of Pharaoh’s army that had entered into it (Exodus 14:24-31).

            The psalmist stated that the river Jordan was driven back. The children of Israel were led, by the power of God, through the treacherous waters of the Jordan on dry ground. Joshua wrote, “And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.  And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan” (Joshua 3:14-17).

            God’s presence was felt and seen as Israel journeyed from Egypt into the Promised Land: He gave them bread from heaven (Exodus 16:4). He gave them drink from a rock (Psalms 114:8; Nehemiah 9:15). He sent the captain of His host to fight with them in battle (Joshua 5:13-15). Joshua stated that the Lord had delivered all that He had promised to Israel. He stated, “And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof” (Joshua 23:14). Joshua challenged Israel to faithfully serve the all-powerful God. He gave God the credit for bringing them out of Egypt, as well as, for driving out all the inhabitants of the land He gave to them (Joshua 24:17:18). Joshua told Israel to put away all the false gods and “incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel” (Joshua 24:23). We are told that the people promised to serve the Lord and that Joshua made a covenant and set up a huge stone by the sanctuary of the Lord as a witness of Israel’s promise to follow God. He stated, “lest ye deny your God” (Joshua 24:27).

            Jesus promised to be with His people “even to the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). The power of God can still be seen as He transforms, even the vilest, man into His own image (Romans 12:1-2; II Peter 1:3-11). Will you embrace the power of God and allow Him to lead you to eternal peace and rest?

                                                                                                            --PER