13 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. Exodus 14:13
Have you ever been in a situation that goes from bad to worse and wonder where God is?
In this verse Moses is telling the Israelites to stand firm and trust what the Lord says in regards to Pharaoh and the Egyptians coming after them. Moses is telling them to trust and believe that they will be ok.
But they can’t see it, in fact they can’t believe that their situation went from bad to worse and don’t understand that the miracle is coming soon.
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Exodus 14:10-12
When things go from bad to worse it is hard to see God’s hand in our circumstances. We often are upset, confused, hurt and even angry at God for not fixing the situation the way we think he should.
Standing firm can require blind faith. We have to trust and believe even when our eyes can’t see.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
It doesn’t make sense why situations go from bad to worse (especially when you pray so confidently and consistently about them)
We often have to “go back to the basics”, and remind ourselves who God is and what He wants for us.
The outcome of the situation does not change who God is.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
God loves me. God wants what is best for me.
Sure we can’t see it, especially if we are being attacked by the Egyptians (metaphorically speaking) but we have to trust that God has our back as we are standing firm.
The rest of this passage contains one of my favorite verses ever:
13 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
Stand firm and let God move on your behalf. Sure it probably won’t look like you thought it would, and sure it might not seem like He is doing anything, but friends as you are standing firm you can trust that the Lord is fighting for you.