Jesus our Everyday Savior
1Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and said,
"I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted;
The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.
2"The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father's God, and I will extol Him.
3"The Lord is a warrior;
The Lord is His name.
4"Pharaoh's chariots and his army
He has cast into the sea;
And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
5"The deeps cover them;
They went down into the depths like a stone.
6"Your right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
7"And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.
- Exodus 15:1-7
This is a rather long passage is actually a song and a prayer that was sung after God defeated the Egyptian army by drowning them in the Red Sea. We're familiar with the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the desert. The Israelites had escaped Egyptian slavery with Moses as their leader. At one point, they were trapped at the sea, with the Egyptian army closing in on them. They were truly caught between water and danger. So, what happened next?
God instructed Moses to raise his staff over the sea, and miraculously, the water parted, allowing the people to cross safely to the other side. When Pharaoh's army pursued them, the water returned and drowned the Egyptians in the sea. After this miraculous event, Moses and the people sang a song of victory, a portion of which I just read.
One verse in this song speaks to the evolving faith of the Jewish people. They went from fear to doubt to complete faith in the Lord. Their progression mirrored our own experiences in our Christian walk today. Often, we've known God as the object of our prayers and praise, but do we truly see Him as our Savior in moments of need?
Let's reflect on this verse:
The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
- Exodus 15:2
How many of us can relate to this in our own lives? While we confess faith in Jesus as the Son of God and our personal Savior, do we experience His saving power in our daily challenges?
The Lord who saves our souls at baptism also acts as our everyday Savior. Whether it's helping us navigate difficulties, illnesses, losses, or granting us success in seemingly impossible situations, God remains an active and present Savior. Just as He parted the sea for the Israelites, He continues to work miracles in our lives.
Human nature hasn't changed much over the centuries. Just as God had to remind the people back then to ask for His help, the same applies today. So, don't hesitate to ask Him for help, no matter the situation. If He could save the Israelites from an army and a sea, He can surely assist you with your current challenges.
In conclusion, remember that God's saving power extends beyond our initial acceptance of faith. He's an ever-present Savior in our lives.