And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord." So the Israelites did this. Exodus 14:4
i think this was also a lesson so that the ISRAELITES knew that God was the Lord, mighty and powerful! only a few verses down the israelites are saying: "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 14:11-12
sometimes i think the experiences we go through are to teach us to trust. how often do we find ourselves facing a crisis and we freak out instead of responding with trust and faith? God used the Red Sea to teach the people that He was their deliverer and saviour. He used it to demonstrate His mighty power.
- Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
- Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
i can trust in God.
He is trustworthy.
though sometimes things dont go to MY plan, HE has a plan and is at work on my behalf.
i am confident of His love and goodness.
i am confident that He is my Father.
when faced with fear i CHOOSE to trust God.
i STOP, BREATHE and REMIND MYSELF OF THE PROMISES OF GOD.
His Word is faithful.
His promises can be trusted.
He is always at work.
i counter FEAR with faith.
faith that is grounded in the Word of God and His promises. not blind faith but faith that has facts and basis.
i live not by sight but by faith in God.
Nothing is impossible for God – the same God that split the Red Sea is at work in your life! reading exodus 14 so makes me trust God – He moves in intervening and awesome ways – unexpected and extraordinary ways!
"You will never get past your fears until you are willing to face them head on—period! And…as long as the enemy controls you through fear you will not be fully surrendered to Jesus!" Perry Noble
next time we face an obstacle, instead of freaking out, how about we trust, and stop and breathe and remind ourselves of the promises of God.
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14
being still is something that doesn’t come naturally to some of us. especially when something is going on.
we would rather be active and problem solving and doing and overcoming.
but there are times when God says BE STILL and that HE will fight on our behalf.
it takes faith to stop and be still.
to trust Him and His ways.
to surrender our natural desire to resist or to fix into our Heavenly Father’s hands.
BE STILL Trapped against the sea, the Israelites watched in terror as the Egyptians advanced in hot pursuit. Moses alone remained calm and encouraged the people not to be afraid. He challenged them to be still and allow the Lord to fight for them. As we raise our children, we too will be faced with panic-inducing situations. If we do not have a solid foundation of faith, we may be overcome with fear and tempted to act rashly. Instead, God asks us to pause and seek his guidance. He reminds us the battle is His. Obviously this requires us to depend on God’s wisdom instead of our own. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to be still. When faced with difficult parenting situations, seek God’s guidance before you act. And, let Him work. youversion note