Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Uncertain Times, Unclear Paths



But Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. Exodus 14:13(NAS)

The children of Israel were in a real predicament! They were runaway slaves who had made matters worse by  plundering their masters before leaving. They had defied the preeminent world power of that day. The "America" of the ancient world. Egypt had the most powerful army, the strongest economy, an aggressive trade policy, and influence that stretched far beyond it’s natural boundaries. 

The whole world stood in awe of the Egyptian society. And now these Hebrews, these slaves, had the temerity to rebel and leave openly. Now they were trapped! With the Red Sea at their backs they faced the onrushing might of Pharaoh’s forces. Hundreds of chariots racing to destroy them. Quite naturally the were terrified. The Bible says they began to cry out 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!"

Sound familiar? Well of course it does. It is us! Today we often have "Egyptians" pressing down on us with our backs to the wall and no way out. We too cry out for relief but just like those Israelites we call on the wrong person. Notice how they cried out to Moses. But it wasn’t Moses that had brought them out to the desert, it was the Lord God! He would be the one who would save them. And save them He did. The entire world quaked in fear of the God of the Israelites that could defend His people so powerfully. If they had not been threatened by Pharaoh, if their backs had not been to the wall, God wouldn’t have been able to exhibit His power on their behalf.

In our lives today, the same is true. Without those fearsome trials that come unbidden into our lives God would not be afforded the opportunity to show His favor and love for you as He defeats your "Egyptians." So, do not fear! Cry out to Him and refrain from seeking human aid for spiritual victories. Allow God to work His power. There is no need to be afraid. 

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