Step Up, Day 42: The Other Side of Egypt
READ Exodus 14:11-18 (NKJV)
11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
15 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.
18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
Its easy to say Amen in a worship service and agree that God is mighty and good. In the comfort of our beautiful worship centers, as we are being wowed by incredible presentations of worship, God seems really present, powerful, and good. However when the chips are down, and we are afraid, that close, good God can suddenly seem very distant and cold.
Israel had no reason at all to doubt the power, and goodness of God. Remember they had literally just passed through the season of miracles in Egypt where God had shown Himself to be greater than any other God. The Israelites walked out of Eygpt praising God, and yet in a moment their praise turns to criticism. Then God shows up and allows His people to walk across an entire ocean on dry land. What uncrossable ocean are you approaching and what hostile army is pushing you? Are you believing in a God that can get you across the waters or are you rationalizing why its ok for you to be disobedient?
Today get down on your face before God. As you position yourself in humility take some time to ask God who you are in the story we read today. Are you a Moses figure trusting God, are you the Israelites who are looking for a reason to run back into the slavery of their past? Its time for us to Step Up and walk forward to the next place God has prepared for us.