Prayer: We look to you for help, Lord. Our strength comes from you. Amen.
Reading: Exodus 15: 1-3 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Have you ever been in a situation where you are standing at the edge of a raging sea and your enemies are approaching and you don’t know what to do? Well, Moses knows just how you feel! As Moses was fleeing with God’s chosen people, they came to the Red Sea and with God’s help, were able to part the waters and flee to safety.
Can you imagine being an Israelite? Look at what all they have gone through. Times were definitely not easy for these people of God. And yet, in this passage, Moses and the Israelites are singing to God. They are raising their voices in praise.
When you are having a difficult time, how do you react? Do you try to find the positive in your circumstance or do you grumble and have a “Woe is me” attitude? When you approach the raging sea, do you look to God to help you part the obstacles, or do you sit down and dig your heals in the mud?
In good and bad times, we need to remember that God is great and strong. He is our song and our salvation. He is bigger than any army or kind. We can lean on God for strength no matter what. Our God can do anything! --Chad Hershberger
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