Red Sea | Devotion 2: Incredible
“When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’ And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.’” Exodus 14:10-14
Have you ever found yourself in a seemingly impossible situation? Perhaps even at this very moment, you feel like you have reached a dead end where there is absolutely no way out. I want to encourage you and tell you that you are not alone. Just this morning, I could not stop the tears from falling as I sat dwelling on a situation in my own life that just seems to be hopeless and impossible. Life is hard. Bad stuff happens. However, the Bible makes it clear that we have a good God on our side, ready to fight our battles.
Exodus 14:10-14 is a fascinating passage. We find the Israelites on their way out of Egypt, with the Red Sea in front of them and an angry Pharaoh and his army behind them. They are seemingly trapped, and Scripture tells us that they were greatly afraid. They initially seem to get it right as they cry out to the Lord, but this quickly turns to panic. They complain and blame Moses, telling him that they would have been so much better off back in Egypt, despite the harsh and terrible conditions in which they had been enslaved. To them, it seemed as if God and Moses brought them out to this place just to let them die.
Have you found yourself in a place such as this? Maybe you are new in your faith and are feeling alone and afraid. Maybe you have a long history of seeing God do great things, but as soon as you reach a dead end, you panic yourself into believing that He has brought you there just to leave you. Friend, let me tell you something, God will never leave you, and He is waiting to fight your battles. In the case of the Israelites, it was indeed God who brought them to this place of impossibility, but He did so for a good reason. In the end, it was He who got the glory, and it was He who proved to be the faithful and true Deliverer, bringing their salvation. The Israelites were stuck between an army that wanted to kill them and a giant sea that they could not pass. The only thing they could do was to be still and let the Lord fight for them, and He did just that.
I encourage you to read on in the passage to see the incredible way out that God provided (He sure is creative). He did it for them, and He will do it for you. It is through impossible situations where God really shines and proves His faithfulness. All you have to do is be still and trust Him.