April 4, 2019

PANICKING AT THE RED SEA

And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?   Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”   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.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. (Exodus 14:10-16).

As Pharaoh and his chariots drew nearer, the Children of Israel lifted their eyes and saw them, they were scared to death, and started to cry. unto the Lord. What were they saying unto the LORD? The scripture says, “they were complaining and blaming Moses for bringing them into the wilderness to kill them. that they would have been better off in Egypt as slaves than to perish in the wilderness.  Being afraid of the Egyptians was natural because in front of them was Red Sea because that was where they camped by the time Pharaoh caught up with them. But blaming Moses was uncalled for. Were they not convinced that God sent Moses to lead them out of Egypt? Did they not witness the miracles of the plagues sent to the Egyptians while they were there? Did they not witness the death of the firstborn of the Egyptians which was the last straw that broke the Camel’s back? The fact that they already envisaged the problem they would encounter on the way shows that they were not fully convinced to leave Egypt. The spirit of unbelieve in them caused a lot of problem for them as they journeyed through the wilderness. The fortunate thing was that the presence of God was visibly manifested with the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of Fire by night and you wonder why didn’t they believe that this God would lead them to their destination no matter the difficulties on the way. If they believed that the God that delivered them from the hand of the Egyptians was the same God that followed them, their cry should have been, “Lord the Egyptians are here again, help us to deal with them as you did before. We know that there is nothing impossible for you to do.”

But God is a merciful God. He ignored their complaints and went on to manifest the plan He had to completely destroy the Egyptians in the sea while rescuing the children of Israel. We human beings are short-sighted, we cannot see beyond ourselves. We tend to forget the past miracles He had wrought in our midst easily. While God had a bigger plan for us, we don’t see it immediately. The word of God in Proverbs says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” 100% of the time we do not know what God has in mind, or what His plan is toward us. If you trust Him, Jeremiah 29:11 says,”For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This goes to show that He is working things out for our good even when we didn’t feel it.  The children of Israel did not know that God initiated this scene that faced them in order to destroy Pharaoh. The lesson here is “whatever” you are going through, just pray about it and commit it to God without doubting. In His time, He will work things out in your favor. So my advice for you  is  “to be still and see the salvation of the Lord.”

This was what happened at the Red Sea. God told Moses, “Why are you crying to Me? ( That is, What you need is in your hand.” I have already empowered you. The Rod in your hand is my weapon of war. All you need to do is to stretch your hand over the sea and divide it.)”  In the same vein, our tongue has been empowered to speak the word, and it shall be established (Job 22:28). Children of God we don’t need to fear, but only believe that the LORD honors His word even more than His name.  Dwell on the word of God and have Faith in God and it shall be well with you. God bless you.

 

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