Be bold enough to: move forward.

12 Jan

Read: Exodus 14

I’ve just landed smack dab in the middle of uncertainty. The details of this new situation aren’t as important as the fact that I’m downright terrified of what the outcome could be. Let’s just say I’ve never had to deal with a situation like this, nor did I have it on my bucket list of future things to do. But, it’s here, and I have to face it.

I was desperate for some quick guidance on how I needed to proceed, and boy was I given it. Exodus 14 was part of my devotional this morning, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It gives such a great example of people having to face their fears and trust God’s lead. This chapter begins with the Israelites’ newfound deliverance from slavery. They were traveling on a path to a new future of freedom, away from the Egyptians. Something terrifying, however, was going to take place before they reached that freedom.

“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians marching after them.” v. 10

The Israelites saw the massive Egyptian army (600+ chariots, horses, troops) approaching them on all sides. They sat there wide-eyed, and listened to the thundering of horse hooves and the troops’ cries drawing closer and closer. (Wouldn’t this make a great thriller?) Needless to say, the Israelites were terrified and had no idea where to turn. Moses offered the following words of wisdom that we should all remember in our own hard times:

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today…” “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” v. 13-14

The Lord then tells Moses to “move on” (v. 15), as in to move forward. God wanted Moses and the Israelites to face their fears, and trust Him to see them through. Afterall, he had just delivered them from slavery. How quickly they forgot how powerful He is. How quickly, we too, forget.

The truths that Moses told them were truths that should have been in their hearts already. How many times have we encountered difficult situations and instantly worried about the outcome? I just did. How many times have we done so right after God proved to be faithful? Guilty again.

The rest of Chapter 14 goes on to describe how God, again, delivered them from their difficult situation; how He, again, knew exactly what He was doing in the situation; and, how He, again, proved that He was for them and not against them. He gave Moses the direct order to move forward, part the sea, and lead the Israelites through to safety. He wanted him to face his fears. Moses never objected, nor did he ask God if He had forgotten to take his medicine that day. No, Moses “moved on”, completely trusting that God would deliver them; and, He did. The Israelites crossed through safely, and the Egyptians were washed completely away. Freedom was now secured.

The next time we are faced with situations that frighten us, may we view them as opportunities to grow closer to God. May our first reactions be to stand firm, face our fears head on, and know that God is in control. He will deliver us. We must move on.

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One Response to “Be bold enough to: move forward.”

  1. Natasha Metzler January 16, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    Allowing the Lord to fight for us is one of the most valuable lessons we can learn… Standing firm. Trusting Him.

    Thanks for these reminders!

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