I am Worthy – Exodus 14 Devotional
“… Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians who you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Exodus 14:13-14, ESV).
I stood there staring at the door as if it would open by osmosis and my mother would be standing there in all her glory. Every day I stood there just waiting for her to come home, and wondering why she would leave us like she did. Thoughts flowed into my mind like water cascading over a waterfall, while I waited. “What did I do wrong? How can I make her love me enough to stay? I need to be better so she doesn’t leave again when she comes back.” There are so many more things my heart and mind felt that I don’t have words to convey to you, but this sad story has a point. I’m happy to tell you that I love my parents and have a good relationship with them. I’m still building and nurturing those relationships, which is something people should never stop doing. I simply use this as an illustration so that God’s name might be edified.
After a few days I eventually did see my mother again, she came to visit and told us kids that she was looking for a place of her own and when she found one that we could come and live with her if we wanted. I spent every day looking at the pain on my fathers face and seeing the anger in my mother’s eyes whenever I mentioned him to her. Feelings of inadequacy overflowed in my little heart and took root at an extremely young age. My story is no different from most people these days, a sad and sobering truth. So what does all this have to do with Exodus 14 you ask? A lot, and I’m about to tell you about it.
God showed me as I read through this passage that my feelings of insignificance go all the way back to when I was standing at that door waiting for my mother to come home. In no way are those feelings my parent’s fault. I chose to feel that way and to let myself get stuck in that rut. Regardless of this, I still have had problems with being accepted and feeling like I am unworthy or never good enough. God showed me through this passage of scripture, that he has always had interest in me and taken care of me.
In verse 14 we can see that God looks down on our enemies and us. The Egyptians were troubling the Israelites and God brought trouble on them. Exodus 14:26-31 details how God fought back for his people. He valued his people, and he had told them he was going to deliver them. Since he had told them of their impending deliverance they therefore deserved it. They deserved to be delivered because God had given them that victory, not because they had rights as human beings. When it comes to that, the bible says, “…all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6 KJV) before the LORD and that means that we aren’t deserving when in that mindset. Let me clarify a bit, pastors and teachers say that we don’t deserve anything, which isn’t altogether false, because of how quickly we can succumb to prideful thinking and start believing that the world and God owe us everything. We have a tendency to become prideful easily, but I think that we miss a little of what God wants us to see here, when we say that we are unworthy and undeserving of anything.
We deserve what God wants us to have by meaning of the original content. Meaning our ‘rights’ are base on the way God intended them to be from the beginning, not on how they are now or are taught today. My right is to be saved, to accept HIS free gift, to live my life for HIM, to be a mother to the child HE has given me, and so on. I don’t deserve things because he owes ME, or anyone else for that matter, I deserve them because HE has chosen to give them to me. I deserve them because HE thought of me when HE created them or acquired them for me. I deserve them or am worthy because of Christ’s sacrifice for me. Only through HIM can I be worthy and deserving. Therefore, I am deserving because I live for HIM and have chosen to serve HIM, and the same can be true for you too.
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