Turning Tough Situations into Something Positive

After the Israelites were set free from Egypt, God did not lead them through the Philistine country though it was shorter. In Exodus 13:17 through 14:31, it is explained that God did not want the people to face war so instead of leading them the shorter way, He led them around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.

They knew their way because the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day or by night (v. 21). The Pharaoh of Egypt pursued them with his army and the Israelites were trapped between the army’s pursuit and the Red Sea.

It seemed as though the Israelites were in a hopeless situation and we can also feel in hopeless situations in life. We can sometimes feel trapped in bad jobs, bad relationships, and bad habits but just like the Israelites, the answer is to trust in God.

We may worry about things because as we take on more responsibilities, more things can go wrong but one thing is for sure and creates true joy for the future; accepting Christ as Savior. Then our tough situations only get better as the negative past is washed away, the joy of the present is highlighted, and the future becomes brighter each and every day.

This day with You Lord, we ask that our thinking is in the right direction. Thoughts of knowing that with You Lord, we are on the brink of a great day. Because of You Lord, we are thinking good things will go our way and this will build momentum so that we will stay on track for an amazing day. Lord, we know that You can take tough situations and turn them into something positive. Out of intense difficulties, You can make simplicities emerge and we are thankful. Amen.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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