Heart pounding, body aching and an irrefutable overwhelming stench of the impossible robbed her of her breath. What now? Would her legs propel her forward? They shook in weakness; unable to stand fully erect she fumbled for the keys. Where to now?
There was nowhere to go…
I have read Exodus, the Israelites miraculous escape from the Egyptian oppressors, several times but it struck me today with a new insight. The power and difficulty of standing still and waiting.
The Israelites flee through the desert only to reach an impassable place, the Red Sea. The Lord does not hide his intent. He on purpose puts the Israelites in a place they can’t escape from and sends a force against them they can’t defeat. What is He teaching us for today?
“all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.” Exo. 14: 21b
There is no mention of the time required to dry the soaked seabed for all the animals, carts and people to move through or how long before the Egyptians pursued. We can only imagine the terror and panic God’s people felt.
Some of my waiting periods have been hours short, some days long and still others years of groaning. No matter the amount of time, the terror of the “enemy” right behind us is physically present and the glory of the Lord is above us.
I confess there are times I lack the proper amount of trust and awe of the Lord. The circumstance seems too hard. If this is true of you, let me encourage you. Read on further after God orchestrates the miraculous escape.
“And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” Exo. 14:30
They didn’t put their trust in Him fully until after His mighty display of salvation was complete. I believe because He shows us this scripture that we can display the faith now for this moment, that will be given to us after we receive our deliverance. God is outside of the restraints of time. We do not have to wait. Do not wait until you see the deliverance to believe it.
because of who He says He is.
The Israelites had waited for over 430 years for a miracle and their faith was lacking. Even if you haven’t seen a miracle for what feels like 430 years believe for it, anyway. Join forces with other Christ followers who can remind you of the God you serve.
Prayer: Let our eyes concentrate on You. Let our focus be on the ever-present God more than capable of a miracle. Silence the terror of the enemy; the disease, financial ruin, syndrome, or our children’s struggles so we might hear Your still small voice. Remind us to remain still and see the glory of the Lord move. Give us the strength to stand, for however long that takes. We put our trust in You. Increase our trust, Lord. Grant us the awe and trust of the Lord at the level of our future selves, who have already walked out on the other side on dry land. Thank You, Jesus, Amen.