Today’s Reading: Exodus 13:17-15:18 (additional reading Psalm 26:1-12 and Proverbs 6:16-19)
Key Verse: “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. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” – Exodus 14:13-14
You’ve problem yelled at someone at some point, “Don’t just stand there…do something!” In today’s reading Moses says the complete opposite, “Don’t just do something…stand there!” Wow, what an important lesson he is teaching here. He tells the people they are to stand still in relation to fighting the enemy but they are to go forward in relation to God’s guidance. They did all that was in their power to do but their real battle was in believing that God had the power to save them. So often, we get so panicked by a situation we forget that God is still in control.
This passage really teaches us three things:
- We have no problem God cannot solve.
- We have no enemy God cannot defeat.
- We have no ability to save ourselves but must depend on God to save us.
Picture the scene, before the, is the great Red Sea, on either side of them is are mountains and behind them, Pharaoh and his army closing in fast. On the surface, it seems they are hopelessly trapped. For all practical purposes, there was no way out. Yet, in the midst of chaos and confusion the people come to Moses and begin to cry out to him, and as they cry to him Moses goes to God and he says God, what do you want me to do? They are getting ready to stone me, what in the world do you want me to do?
Israel had trusted God for their deliverance but not for their circumstances. There is nothing new here. David despaired and said, “I will perish one day at the hands of Saul.” (1 Samuel 27:1). Elijah hid in a cave and asked to die (1 Kings19:4). Oftentimes, even when we have trusted God to save us from sin, we refuse to trust him with our circumstances.
God has the same message for us today, as for his people in Exodus; GO FORWARD! No one had to tell the Hebrew people that the situation was basically “impossible.” Pharaoh’s army was rapidly approaching from behind. Everyone could see the cloud of dust coming. There are no boats to ferry the people across the sea. There is no weapons to distribute to the people so they could fight. But our God specializes in the impossible. So when it looks impossible – Keep going FORWARD. Be still and watch what the Lord will do. Don’t panic, trust him! He will make a way for you to go forward into his will.
- What impossible situation are you looking at today?
- Do you have difficulty trusting God with your circumstances?
- How can you stand still and trust God?
Father, Thank You that You are always in control. Thank You that nothing is impossible for You and that no enemy is too strong. Help us to trust you with all our circumstance. In Jesus’ name, Amen