Trust

27 01 2006

Scripture:

Exodus 14:1-3 (NLT)

1Then the LORD gave these instructions to Moses: 2“Tell the people to march toward Pi-hahiroth between Migdol and the sea. Camp there along the shore, opposite Baal-zephon. 3Then Pharaoh will think, ‘those Israelites are confused. They are trapped between the wilderness and the sea!’

Exodus 14:11-14 (NLT)

11Then they turned against Moses and complained, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us leave? 12Didn’t we tell you to leave us alone while we were still in Egypt? Our Egyptian slavery was far better than dying out here in the wilderness!”

13But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the LORD rescue you. The Egyptians that you see today will never be seen again. 14The LORD himself will fight for you. You won’t have to lift a finger in your defense!”

Exodus 14:26-28 (NLT)

26When all the Israelites were on the other side, the LORD said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back over the Egyptian chariots and charioteers.” 27So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea. The water roared back into its usual place, and the LORD swept the terrified Egyptians into the surging currents. 28The waters covered all the chariots and charioteers—the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.

Observations:

Three things strike me about these passages. First, God directed the Israelites to a place that was strategically not a good place. It was a dead-end and there was no way out. By all outward signs, this was a stupid place to go. Second, when the people complained, Moses stood up in faith and told them that God would fight for them and they wouldn’t have to “lift a finger” in their own defense. This was before God revealed His plan to Moses – Moses was speaking totally on faith! Finally, God does destroy the Egyptians – and He does it so easily.

Application:

Sometimes I find myself in situations that I think are dangerous, disappointing, and discouraging. That leaves me depressed and frustrated. Often I get in those situations due to my own poor choices. But often, I am merely following God’s leading – like leaving the fire district and annihilating my retirement savings. That gave God an opportunity to show His grace, mercy, and power.

The question is, do I trust God to take care of the Egyptians in my life?

Prayer:

Dear God, please teach me trust you more.

Amen.

gw

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