“Do not be terrified.” we hear a still small voice, however, how can we focus on that still small voice when there seems to be an entire Egyptian army coming this way and we feel blocked in by the Red Sea?
How do we not panic and feel terrified?
There might be no ability to pay the many bills that are overdue. What then? We naturally fear? There may be such loss in our life that there is no light only darkness inside. What then? And addiction? There is the fear of not being able to succeed tomorrow. The Egyptian army seems right at your heels to destroy. The natural tendency is, to run! Run for your lives!
So physically, it might be a good idea to go for a long run, but emotionally, we must read the words of God. You scoff, “how can reading a story help me?’
I will tell you, it’s not just a story, it is Power! How do I know?
Because I am just like you, and no, the word did not change my situation – but it changed…me.
‘Faith comes by hearing and hearing by…
the word of God.’ Romans 10:17.
And this is the running you and I must do at a time like this,
to run to the Name of the LORD – for we both know that ‘the Name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.’Prov. 18:10.
“So now what?” you might ask.
Suffer for a moment and listen to God’s story simple enough even for a child:
Exodus 14:1-4.’Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back to PiHahiroth. Tell them to camp for the night between Migdol and the Red Sea….The king will think, ‘The Israelites are lost, trapped by the desert.’ I will make the king stubborn again so he will chase after them. But I will defeat the king and his army. This will bring honor to Me. Then the people of Egypt will know that I am the Lord.” The people of Israel did just as they were told.”
God tells them exactly what to do and even tells them that Pharaoh will come after them! Just like He tells us today,
“In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. And here we see obedient children about to go through some very rough times! Rough times does not always mean that there is disobedience!
So here comes the trouble. You already know all of yours, but here comes theirs:
Exodus 14:5-9, “The king of Egypt was told that that the people of Israel had already left. Then he and his officers changed their minds about them. they said, “What have we done? We have let the people of Israel leave. We have lost our slaves!” So the king prepared his war chariot and took his army with him. He took 600 of his best chariouts. He also took all the other chariots of Egypt. Each chariot had an officer in it. The Lord made the king of Egypt stubborn. So he chased the Israelites, who were leaving victoriously. The king of Egypt came with his horses, chariots drivers and army. And they chased the Israelites. They caught up with the Israelites while they were camped by the Red Sea.”
Does this sound a bit like your story? Exodus 14:10,”The Israelites saw the king and his army coming after them. They were very frightened and cried to the Lord for help.”
And, perhaps this might be your song: Exodus 14:11, ‘They said to Moses, “What have you done to us? Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the desert? There were plenty of graves for us in Egypt. We told you in Egypt, “Let us alone! let us stay and serve the Egyptians. Now we will die in the desert.”
This is when the temptation to Panic and Run! run for your lives comes in!
But that is not what happened,
“And Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. You will never see these Egyptians again after today. You will only need to remain calm. the Lord will fight for you.”Ex. 14:13,14.
Can you hear the Lord speak to you as well? Well, He is not through speaking,
“And the LORD said to Moses,
“Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” Ex. 14:15.
Do you hear that? I am convinced that the person that wrote the Serenity Prayer was inspired by this verse: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” “Tell the children to go forward!”
“Raise your walking stick,” (this is from the children’s Bible! so appropriate for us, raise your walking stick – just keep walking, don’t grow weary, in due time you will reap if you don’t lose heart!), “and hold it over the sea. The sea will split. then the people can cross the sea on dry land.”
Ex. 14:17,18, “And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and His horsemen.”
Don’t miss this,
“The Angel of God usually traveled in front of the Israel’s army. Now the Angel of God moved behind them. Also, the pillar of cloud moved from in front of the people and stood behind them… The cloud made it dark for the Egyptians. But it gave light to the Israelites. So the cloud kept the two armies apart all night.” Ex. 14:19,20.
And you are thinking, “Are you almost finished?”
Outside there were conflicts, inside there were fears, but Nevertheless God:
The children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, but for Pharaoh and his army, “the Lord looked down from the pillar of cloud and fire at the Egyptian army. He made THEM panic.(Emphasis mine) He kept the wheels of the chariots from turning…The Egyptians shouted, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them and against us Egyptians.”
End of story, “So Moses raised his hand over the sea. And at dawn the water became deep again. The Egyptians were trying to run from it. But the Lord swept them away into the sea…”Exodus 14:27.
Needles to say, “When the people of Israel saw the great power that Lord had used against the Egyptians, they feared the Lord. And they trusted the Lord and his servant Moses.”Ex. 14:31. And that is what you and I must do. Only we won’t trust in His servant Moses, we must trust in His Son, Jesus.
God will part the Red Sea. Keep moving forward. God has you hedged in, front and back! Just keep walking. Just keep walking.