Have you ever heard the story of Moses leading the Israelite’s into the Red Sea? I’m reminded tonight as I’m reading my Bible what a captivating story it is. Moses convinced the Pharaoh to let his people, the Israelite’s free from slavery in Egypt. As Moses was leading them to the Promised Land, the Lord told Moses to let the Israelite’s camp out in the desert near the sea, to distract Pharaoh from the Lord’s real plans. The Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, which made him decide to pursue the Israelite’s. He had realized it was a mistake letting all his slaves free. Now who will work for him?
So, the Pharaoh sends 600 of his men and their horses and weapons to capture the Israelite’s and bring them back. The Israelite’s see them coming and get very scared. They’re outnumbered. They have no way to defend themselves and they’re cornered by the Sea. In a panic, they begin yelling at Moses that he never should have taken them away from Egypt to begin with.
(Self-Reflect: How often do you pass the torch of blame when you’re under a lot of pressure?)
Moses had the best come back. He says, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.” (Exodus 14:13-14)
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelite’s to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so the Israelite’s can go through the sea on dry ground.” (Exodus 14:15-16)
(I’m going to stop here. Most of us know the story. If you don’t, find out what happens next in Exodus 14:17-31! )
I’m seeing a whole new picture here, as I apply these 4 verses into my life. If I take out “Egyptians” and insert one of my own problems, the message suddenly becomes a little more clear…
“The _____________ you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still. “ Insert: sorrow, pain, misery, rejection, failures, fear, you name it. What you fill in your blank isn’t near as important as the very next sentence.
The Lord will fight for you. You only need to be still.
Golly, I’m relieved. I think. How hard is it for you to be still amid chaos? For me, it’s practically impossible. Not only am I that Mama that always wants to be in control, but I’m the Mama that struggles being calm in a storm. I get stressed. I get worried. I’m just down-right uncomfortable. I can empathize with the Israelite’s right about now, because they were feeling the exact same way.
Though eye-opening, I take away more from this story in the next two verses. Haven’t you always heard the saying “Instead of focusing on the problem, focus on the solution.” Bam. Here it is: The Lord tells Moses to tell his people to MOVE ON…as in let it go. Eyes in front, Focus on what’s next.
If you’re anything like me, you must be sitting here feeling the big lump in your throat as you realize the Lord lays the solution to their problems right out in front of them, as it is intended for us to do the same.
Their/Our instructions were to Move on….and then what? He tells the leader of his people to take action. He tells him to take a leap of faith. He gives him a moment to show the Lord just where his faith lies. In Him. “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the Sea” …and He did the rest.
Are your wheels turning yet?
Sometimes, the only way to take control of a situation in your life is to let it go.
To admit that you can’t do it on your own.
To let God fight your battles for you. So, Mama.
Raise your staff and stretch out your hand. Today’s the day we become conquerors.
“Today’s the Day We Become Conquerors.”