God of the Wind and Waves
If your life feels “stormy” or somewhat chaotic today, pray for God’s peace.
Read Exodus 14:19-31
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Don’t expect the worst; expect God. We need to spend more time waiting for God than waiting for trouble” (Lloyd John Ogilvie).
The cloud that had guided them to the edge of sea, to what looked like certain destruction, unexpectedly provides protection (19,20). God acted; the wind followed his bidding to make a way to safety (21,22). Our scientific minds ask the “how,” but the Bible bids us look beyond to the “who” and the “why” of meaning and purpose. Look how God is explicitly the subject of action (21,24,25,27). This is not a case of seeing God at work only “in the gaps” of human knowledge; rather, it is recognizing the Creator, irrespective of our understanding of mechanisms.
Moses’ affirmation of faith, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (14), had come to pass. The Egyptians themselves affirm this (25). A battle is not determined by military (or economic or political) might, but by the Lord. Pharaoh had “six hundred of the best chariots” and more (7), but the Israelite army (12:37,50) had no need to do anything, just to escape on dry ground. Stalin once said dismissively, “How many divisions does the Pope have?” Decades later the Soviet Empire collapsed without battles. A few years ago while in the former East Berlin, I was struck by the testimony of two verses in gold across the front of Berlin Cathedral: “See, I am with you always to the end of the world” and “Our faith is the victory that has conquered the world” (Matt. 28:20; 1 John 5:4).
Our thoughts may go to another occasion when following Christ led to a frightening, life-threatening storm. Christ asked, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then the winds and waves ceased at his command (Matt. 8:23-27).
Are you facing an overwhelming situation? Allow the God of the Exodus, the Christ of the storm, to still your heart. Pray this also for others living through a tempest.
Lord, I need Your peace, the peace that centers me, that steadies me, that strengthens me amidst the storms of life.