“But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.’”
It is said that when the Israelites fled slavery in Egypt, God led them to a place where they were completely trapped on all sides. To their right and left there were mountains. Straight ahead lay the raving Red Sea. Directly behind, the Egyptian army was hot on their tail. When they reached the Red Sea, it’s easy to see why they thought their lives were over. In fact, they literally asked Moses if the reason he brought them there was because there were not enough graves in Egypt! (Exodus 14:11). They thought they were about to be slaughtered. They had no idea at that time the power of their great God to deliver them.
Moses reassured them to not fear and to just wait, trusting the Lord to deliver them (Exodus 14:13-14). Sure enough, God did deliver them. He parted the waters and they crossed the Red Sea on dry land. The Egyptians, of course, drowned in the sea as the Lord swallowed them up after the Israelites had passed through safely. God not only did that, but He placed Himself between the Israelites and the Egyptians, in the form of a cloud (Exodus 14:19). Only God could have parted those Red Sea waters. Therefore, only God could receive the glory!
I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of hope from this idea of the Israelites being “pinned in” as a result of following the Lord. The only option they had left was to trust in the Lord! There have been many times in my life when I’ve followed the Lord and felt “pinned in.” The only option I had left was to trust in the Lord. Right now I am in one of those positions.
Are you feeling pinned in today as a result of following the Lord? Do you feel He’s calling you to trust Him in new ways today? Are you ready for whatever He has planned? Pray that He’d make you able and willing to trust in Him and to continue following Him despite feeling pinned in. We can laugh at the Israelites’ reaction to thinking their lives were over, but let us not only laugh, but also learn how God can deliver us in ways we will not always understand. He does have our best interests in mind. Let’s choose to trust Him today and not fear. Amen!
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book: Applying God’s Word in Your Daily Life