Exodus 14 is an important reminder to us that our belonging to the people of God does not mean that we will be excused the challenge of facing perplexing and difficult moments in this life. Having been rescued from bondage and death in Egypt, God’s people come up against one such moment, as they find themselves “trapped” between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army (v9). To the Israelites who were observing the approaching Egyptian army, it seemed inevitable that they were either about to be wiped out or recaptured and sent back into captivity (v10-12). What we know of course is that despite what it looked like to the natural eye, God’s plan to rescue His people was not about to fail. God was instead about to deliver His people by performing the most spectacular of miracles – by parting the Red Sea and allowing His people to escape and to continue on their journey to the land that He had prepared for them.To the natural eye it looked like the end had come. But, the natural eye had failed to see what can only be seen by faith; it had failed to take account of the faithfulness of God and the power of God.In facing the difficulties of our lives – the ups and downs of family life, the periods of ill-health, the disappointments, the fractured relationships, the many kinds suffering – how important it is that we view these things through the eye of faith, that we are always careful to factor in the faithfulness of God and the power of God. Whatever our circumstances look like to the natural eye, God is for us in Jesus Christ and He is more than able to bring about His great, good and gracious purposes in the lives of those He has redeemed. After God had rescued His people by bringing them through the Red Sea, the people move from feeling afraid and despairing to being confident and hopeful and declare in their song of praise:
“In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling.” (Exodus 15:13).
And friends, if we have become a part of the people of God; if we have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, then this declaration contains truth upon which we can rely and should factor into whatever challenges we have to face in this life. 
All the way my Saviour leads me:
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy
Who through life has been my guide?
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know whate’er befall me
Jesus doeth all things wellAll of the way my Saviour leads me:
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
And my soul a-thirst may be
Gushing from a rock before me
Lo! a spring of joy I see.All the way my Saviour leads me;
Oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above
When my spirit, clothed, immortal,
Wings it’s flight to the realms of the day!
This my song through endless ages –
Jesus led me all the way.
To God be the glory!
Notices and Points for PrayerLet us pray that we will know the reality of the Lord’s loving and faithful presence and leading in our lives. Let us pray for one another – as we considered on Sunday morning – that we will all grow in ourknowledge of the certain hope that we have in Christ and of the power that is for us. Let us pray that this knowledge will encourage and brings us joy even in the difficult moments of our lives.
Please see attached the May prayer diary for MAF. As you will see, they have been carrying out important work in the fight against COVID and other diseases. Let us thank God for this work and pray that He will continue to equip and sustain those He has called to it. If you would like to contribute to the work then please forward any gifts to Rob.
We apologise that the “livestreamed” service wasn’t “live” on Sunday. Please bear with us as we seek to resolve issues with the transmission and sound. Bruce is working really hard to sort things out and we continue to thank God for his efforts.
Our preacher on Sunday is Andy Christofides – please pray that he will be helped in his preparation and his preaching of the word.
If you intend to come to the service on Sunday, please let Dawn know. Thanks.
Every Blessing in Christ Jesus
Rich
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