“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14
Egypt had been destroyed due to the plagues. The people of Israel had fled Egypt under the mighty hand of God. There was great joy among the people when they finally saw their dream come true. They were free at last from the agonizing slavery that had oppressed them for more than four hundred years.
Suddenly however, just when they had begun to enjoy their liberty, uncertainty once again plagued their hearts. Fear overpowered them and they saw their dreams of liberty instantly shatter amid the adversity that was dictating their final destiny.
The people found themselves in front of the Red Sea. Beside them, they saw dead end mountains with winding paths and behind them, pharaoh’s army was relentlessly persecuting them. The reality that they were witnessing predicted calamity. It proclaimed their once again bondage to an infuriated pharaoh.
How many times do we find ourselves cornered and powerless in front of devastating circumstances that predict impending disaster?
How many times does the fear of seeing our situation worsen cause us to complain, doubt, and destroy our faith?
The people of Israel felt cornered. They were terrified as they witnessed the events that were unfolding before their eyes. The people lost their courage and they began to speak against Moses and God. They could not see a way out. In the midst of this chaos, Moses encourages them to trust, to not fear, and to stand firm in faith awaiting their victory. In the same way, despite the circumstances that you might be facing, God is telling you to be prudent. He is encouraging you to believe in Him. God demands your trust.
Isaiah 30:15 states: “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” True faith contains the following characteristics: quietness, tranquility, rest, trust, security, and peace. It is only through having faith and trust in God that we will be truly free from our problems. Jesus said: Everything is possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23).
Moses told the people: have faith, have peace, Jehovah will fight for us. This beautiful truth and this wonderful promise are still current and available for us today. Therefore brothers and sisters, do not be dismayed, trust that our almighty God will part the sea. He will deliver us into the promise land, he will expose your justice like the midday sun, he will turn your mourning into laughter, and he will fight your battles. In the midst of your affliction, remember: Jehovah will fight for us, and we shall remain still. Amen!