Red Sea | Devotion 4: Reliance on the Power of God
Can you imagine the thoughts running through the Israelites minds as they were crossing the Red Sea running from the Egyptians? I can imagine them running in fear from the Egyptians, but also looking around at the walls of water. Did they see the wildlife in the sea? Did the Israelites have second thoughts as they were running?
The point at which scholars believe the Israelites crossed the Red Sea is about 8.8 miles long. The number of people that were crossing on dry land according to Exodus 12:37 was about 600,000 men plus women and children, which, according to scholars would equal to about 2.4 million people plus livestock. At a normal pace, it would have taken the Israelites approximately 8 hours to cross the dry land in safety.
Exodus 14:21-25 says, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And in the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.’”
There is a tremendous responsibility placed here on the shoulders of Moses. His leadership skills have already been put to the test by both the Israelites and God. The whole company is now running in terror from the Egyptians and their horse-drawn chariots. In the above text, we see that the Lord is faithful to those who listen and follow the leadership to which God has provided. God protected the company of Hebrews by throwing the Egyptians into panic and slowing down their chariots. It took a step of faith for the Israelites to walk onto a path of dry land with walls of water all around them. They could have just surrendered and gone back to Egypt.
In what areas of your life today are you afraid to follow the will of God? God has brought you so far in your life already just as He had brought the Israelites out of Egypt and to the Red Sea. However, at some point in our life, we need to step out of comfort to rely on God’s amazing power. When we take that step of faith in our lives, God helps prepare the way by slowing down the enemy. Yet, we need to do our part to follow that will. Are you following His will or are you surrendering to the enemy?