Wind and Waves Obey
Lord God, I thank You for Your faithfulness. It enables me to move into today with confidence and trust.
Read Exodus 14:19-31
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“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you …When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned” (Isa. 43:2). This is a great promise to hold on to.
In this great story of redemption we find striking echoes of the creation in Genesis 1. There God creates order out of chaos on earth by separating light from darkness and water from dry land (Gen. 1:4,10). Here God is creating his covenant people. Having drawn the enemy forces to his chosen battleground, he now makes a separation by cloud and angelic presence. Darkness and confusion reign on one side of the boundary. Natural moonlight and the divine pillar of fire allow those on the other side to see Moses stretching out his hand towards the sea. The noise of wind blowing back the water would muffle the sound of footsteps moving across the drying seabed. The feelings of the people towards Moses (31) are reminiscent of the terrified disciples of Jesus exclaiming, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him” (Mark 4:41). But each timid step they take forward gives them greater reason to trust the Lord and his appointed leader to bring them safely through.
While the crossing is still underway, danger closes in again. The “last watch of the night” (24), when energy is particularly low, would be a strategic moment for the Egyptians to attack. Emerging from the cloud they see their prey disappearing along the causeway. Water prevents them from circling to attack from the side or the front. As they roll along to the rear, chariots start to pile up in clogging mud like traffic at a modern motorway accident. At daybreak water sweeps back over the scene. Those who have crossed safely can see a tragedy spread out behind them.
“Our ancestors,” reflects Paul, “were all … baptized into Moses” (1 Cor. 10:1,2). The parallels with baptism remind us that when people are converted and become publicly identified as Christ’s people, this new creation can trigger dangerous conflicts. It may leave behind damage that we cannot repair.
What is the one “pursuing army” you fear in your life right now? In what ways might this passage help you to trust God with your fears?
Father, the assurance that nothing can ever separate me from Your love has seen me through tough times. Infuse me with strength to face future troubles.