Chapter-a-Day Exodus 14

Don't repent of your repentance. When the king of Egypt was told that the people were gone, he and his servants changed their minds. They said, "What have we done, letting Israel, our slave labor, go free?" Exodus 14:5 (MSG)

The origin of the word "repentance" alludes to the idea of turning and moving in the opposite direction. Repentance is generally a good thing. God calls us to repent. There are crucial times in life when we "repent" of bad actions, habits or thoughts and start moving in the opposite direction. We are like Pharaoh, who after much prodding and suffering negative consequences, relent and choose to do the right thing.

I don't know about you, but I can also look back and see that I, like Pharaoh, will often quickly second guess my repentance:

"I can't believe I said I'd start eating healthier today. Look at that plate of cookies. I'll start tomorrow instead."

"Why did I tell myself I was going to work out today? The big game is on and I just don't have the energy."

"What was I thinking saying I'd be nicer to him. He was such a jerk to me. Forget that!"

Let's not, like Pharaoh, repent of our repentance and reverse course back to old ways.

2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 14”

  1. 13 Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again.
    14 God will fight the battle for you.
    And you? You keep your mouths shut!”
    What a great chapter. As a kid, we had a Bible story book with pictures of the Israelites walking through with huge walls of water on each side. That is a permanent picture in my mind. The thing that struck me today was that we have to get out of God’s way sometimes. Moses told the people that God would fight for them, just shut up and get out of the way. Also the word picture of “stand firm and watch God do his work” makes me think that I need to be more observant of how God takes care of me.

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