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“When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion.” (Psalm 114:1-2)

The name Jacob means “one who contends.” The name Israel means “God prevails.” The difference tells the story. The people came out of Egypt contending with the Lord and came into the land of promise knowing that the Lord is the One who prevails. They came from a land with a strange language to the place of knowing the Word of the Lord and abiding in Him.

You are invited out of the “strange land” of this world which speaks hostility against the Lord and into the place where the Lord, who made all things, is the One to whom you listen. Come then and know that the Lord is good above all gods and is the One who knows You and all people. Let the Lord be Your sanctuary knowing that in Him alone is goodness and mercy all the days of your life.

Lord Jesus, You have come to take us out of the Egypt that is this world. It is a land that speaks hostility and promotes wickedness. Guide me, O Lord, in the way of life that You offer that I may now and always abide in You as You abide in me knowing that only in You may I find the way of life. You have come to lead the way, so guide me this day and every day in Your goodness and mercy. Amen.