Take Courage: Reasons to be of Good Cheer!
Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Take Courage | Our after Easter sermon series is, “Take Courage: Reasons to be of Good Cheer!” It is an important time for us to take stock of our resources. Not just paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, milk, eggs, and butter you may have in the pantry, but of the emotional and spiritual strengths that will help us to thrive as we go through the uncertain days ahead. Despair and discouragement are always trying to track us down, as they did God’s people long ago. We are tracking a single word through the pages of scripture, which means to “take courage” or “be of good cheer.” One of the first instances of this word is found in Exodus 14: 10-16. This is a dramatic moment that you may have learned in Sunday school. It is the miracle of God parting the Red Sea and the people of God crossing upon dry ground to escape Pharaoh’s army. In the sermon “God’s Power,“ we realize that Moses’ words are not just for those who has escaped Egypt, but they hold a great lesson for us today! May you be filled with the light of God’s power and peace as you read Exodus 14:10-16: As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. (NIV)