Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still." Exodus 14:13-14
I've seen and heard these verses plenty of times: in Bible studies, in encouragement notes, or printed beautifully on Pinterest. Always used as a sweet reminder that the Lord holds everything in His right hand.
But just for a second, imagine what it would have been like for the Israelites to hear Moses say those words in the face of what looked like their death. Let's take a step back to see what was going on just before these verses.
The Egyptians-- all Pharaoh's horses and chariots, horsemen and troops-- pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon. As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses,"Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" Exodus 14:10-12
The Israelites had a perfect reason to panic, to be in fear that the desert is where they would meet their demise. And like me, when life seems to take a turn for the worst, I struggle to hold on to hope that my God is greater than it all. But in the all the chaos, God doesn't give His people a to-do list. He doesn't call them to prepare offerings, He simply tells them to be still.
In that moment, when all hope seemed lost and the Israelites couldn't even begin to fathom that the Lord could rescue them from their circumstances, God moved. He moves in ways we don't expect, in ways we can't imagine and He doesn't need us to do anything.
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