January 27 | Daily Devotion

If you plan to read every verse of Scripture this year, use the Lectio Continua (continuous reading) passages. The Lectio Semi-continua (shorter reading) is an abbreviated selection of verses from the day’s passages. Lectio Divina (divine reading) is Pastor Lionel Young’s commentary on the daily readings. See the Resources page on the Lectio Divina website for additional study helps.

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina (meditation on the text)

“And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” ~Exodus 14:31

One of the amazing things about God is His ability to use the sinful actions of people for His glory and the good of His people. In Exodus, the doctrines of human sinfulness (and responsibility), God’s sovereignty, and God’s goodness converge into one amazing story. Pharaoh is a sinful human being hell-bent on the subjugation of God’s people, yet God uses him to accomplish His purpose. “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart…but I will gain glory” (Ex. 14:4, also verses 8 and 18). God is never outwitted or outmaneuvered, even by the machinations of evil men. Amazing!

The sinful actions of people never prevent God from accomplishing His aim, in this case the deliverance of the Hebrews so that they can worship Him. The only response that makes sense is to do exactly as He desires, worship Him! In fact, that’s what Moses and Miriam do. They lead the people in singing and dancing to the glory of God (Ex. 15:1-21). On the sandy shores of the Red Sea, God’s people honor Him as free people. (Here is permission, even encouragement, to get emotional about this amazing God who has done so much for us!)

Have you been hurt, wronged, or oppressed by others? God is not frustrated or helpless. He is still sovereign. He can work through sinful people to bring you blessing because He is passionate about His own glory and YOUR good. “The Lord is a warrior” (Ex. 15:3), and He fights for His people. Pray to Him for rescue in your situation. Then, sing to Him, delight in Him, and worship Him.

Lectio Divina  is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of  Calvary Church  in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of  A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.