And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.
Imagine yourself part of a ragtag bank of people, tired from a day’s journey and standing on the shoreline of the Red Sea. An army, whose destructive power is renowned around the world, is about to overtake you. Their grief over the death of their firstborn has turned to anger and revenge. Adding insult to injury, you carried off the gold from Egypt. As darkness sets over the landscape, you begin to realize the hopelessness and fear rising in your heart. On this sleepless night you sit by the waters edge, wondering about your future.
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined. (Matthew 4:16)
–to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. (Luke 1:79)
—a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel.
How many sleepless nights have you spent wondering about your future, about your bills, marriage, or some other personal problem? You thought that by leaving Egypt (the world’s way) and becoming a Christian, life would become smooth sailing. You never thought that you would have to come face to face with the strength of the enemy, who kept you in bondage before you accepted Christ. We fail to realize that the Lord brings us to this point so that our confidence in Him will rise.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Exodus 14 shows how God’s hidden nature is always a part of the situation.
–Like in the book of Esther.
–As in the End Times of the Last Day.
God is always on time. Wait on Him for he who endures to the end shall be saved.
In verse 8, God is controlling the situation for His purposes. In verse 14, we are commanded to stand still. In other translations, this verse is interpreted as “hold your peace.”
Isn’t fear the opposite of peace?
Fear is an effective weapon that the devil uses to pull us away from God.
God gives us inner peace (John 14:27).
Look at verse 22 in Exodus 14:
GOD’S WAY IS NOT FOUND WHERE YOU EXPECT IT.
That is why it is so important to stand still, hold your peace, and let Him show you.
As the LORD answered the Israelites by making a way, He will answer you.
Remember that the LORD is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Lord, teach us how to stand still when we don’t see Your hand. Amen.
by Bill Willis