Daily Devotional

An Answer by Friday

Friday, March 22, 2019

by Dr. Paul Chappell

“Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

Exodus 14:12–14

The story goes that at one point during the long ministry of James Henry Jowett, he was faced with a decision he simply did not know how to make. After wrestling with it for a while, he went to another preacher friend and asked for his advice. “What would you do if you were in my place?” Jowett asked. “I am not there, and you are not there yet,” his friend replied. “When have you to act?” “On Friday,” Jowett said. “Then you will find your way perfectly clear on Friday. The Lord will not fail you.”

It is hard for us not to want all the details worked out ahead of time, but that is rarely the way God works. It would have been just as easy for God to have parted the Red Sea long before the Israelites arrived so that they could have gone straight across without waiting. But His plan was for them to see His power at work and deliver them in such a way that there would be no mistaking God had been at work. The trials and difficulties that we face in life do not take God by surprise. He already has solutions in store. It is our responsibility to live in faith rather than worry, and trust Him to do what we cannot.

Today’s Growth Principle: 

You can trust God to always be on time according to His schedule and plan for your life.