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In Exodus 14, the Israelites had just been released from bondage from the Egyptians, but they were now being pursued by the Egyptian army. The problem was they had come to the Red Sea and were now trapped.
Their only hope was in the Lord.
The Egyptians were powerful. They had chariots and weapons that could easily wipe out the unarmed Israelites. And yet, their only hope turned out to be the Lord as well…just like the Israelites.
God was in control here. Not the Egyptians. Not Moses. Just God. The Israelites were terrified and cried out to Moses, asking him why he had brought them out of Egypt, only to be slaughtered by the Egyptians. They needed to see that it was the Lord calling them out of Egypt…not Moses.
Stand and see the hand of the Lord.
Sometimes what we need is to stop and truly see what is really going on around us. We need to open our eyes and see the Lord at work on our behalf. God is calling us out of slavery and we need ears to hear and eyes to see the call.
Israel struggled with unbelief. They couldn’t seem to understand God’s great love for them and His desire to give them freedom. And yet God calls them still, wooing them, showing Himself to be the God that can deliver them into freedom.
God is drawing people to Himself. He has a great love for humanity and is calling them out of bondage, out of captivity.
We need to believe…truly believe that God loves us and is calling us. He wants us to be free in Him and His love. Like the Israelites, we need to see the Lord fighting the battle on our behalf. The battle does not belong to us, but to the Lord.
Once we believe and see the Lord at work, we must be ready to walk the path He opens up for us. Standing still requires steps of faith. We must walk boldly wherever the Lord leads us, for the path He lays out for us will be one of great peace and even greater adventure.
Be still and see the Lord at work on your behalf.
**From my notes from John Ketchersid’s sermon 9-28-14.