The Way Is Blocked
Lord, this day is holy because You have entered it with me. I offer honor and praise to You.
Read Exodus 14:1-18
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“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isa. 41:3b, ESV).
The company appears to be on the desert route to the east side of their destination, Canaan. Then they take a sharp turn and find themselves making camp with a stretch of water ahead. Maybe their thoughts are on washing and bathing when someone spies an ominous cloud of dust on the horizon. The fast chariots of Pharaoh’s army are racing towards them. All the elation of the last few days comes crashing down. So much for divine guidance! They have been led into a trap. Slavery in Egypt was surely better than violent death in the desert. Probably the only wise course now would be to surrender quietly and hope that some at least would escape with their lives.
It is a crucial moment for the Israelites as Moses calms down the uproar and panic with his words, “Stand firm and you will see the deliverance … be still” (13,14). But Moses is panicking, too. God calms him down, giving him a simple action to perform. He must point his staff forward towards the water, indicating that this is the way they are going. Humanly speaking, this way is impossible. The Israelites are utterly dependent on God to save them. They are also in the limelight. What happens today will be public in Egypt tomorrow. Will this finally be vengeance for Pharaoh, with the God of these Hebrews exposed as a failure?
The enemies of Jesus had their moment of premature gloating when they mocked him on the cross, “He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him” (Matt. 27:43). Too late, they discovered that his death was for the glory of God (18; John 14:27,28). It would “free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Heb. 2:15).
Can you recall a time when there were blockages before you as you sought to do God’s will? How were you able to deal with the situation? Was glory eventually given to God?
Sovereign Lord, my natural inclination is to jump in and take care of situations. Help me to learn the lesson that sometimes I must release difficulties to You and let You resolve them.
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