Exodus 14:13-15 New Living Translation (NLT)
But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Escape through the Red Sea
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!
What was going on here?
Pharaoh and his army were hunting down the Israelites who had escaped Egypt. Up until then it had seemed that everything had gone well for the Israelites. They were finally free but they had met the Red Sea which seemed like a dead end. Imagine the fear that they must have felt, to turn their backs and see Pharaoh who enslaved them hot on their heels coming to kill them. Their escape route, the Red Sea, only looked like a dead end.
So what happened next..
Naturally, they cried out to God, who said:
Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!
Observe God’s word and God’s tone, it was a command. It wasn’t nurturing tone or a coddling tone. It was a direct order “Even though you see the Red Sea, I don’t want you to cry to me! I want you to move! ”
The lesson here
God in His tone was not telling the Israelites to move to Red Sea & drown. He had a plan, He was going to part the Red Sea. Notice that He only told Moses that He will part the Red Sea after He gave them that command.
He wanted them to stop being fearful & trust in Him. God always goes ahead of us in all situations. Before they ever saw the Red Sea, God knew that they would reach it and He had a plan in place to get them out. He didn’t want them to be paralyzed by fear & lose track of the fact that God was with them.
Before you ever encounter your problem, God already knows that you will encounter it and He already has a plan in place that will get you out of it. When you face your problem, you only need to trust in God, trust in His plan to get you out of it (before even know what the plan is).
Didn’t He say to the Israelites that I will go before you?
Deuteronomy 31:8 (New Living Translation)
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
And He did, at night and during the day.
Exodus 13:21 (New Living Translation)
By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.
The same applies to you!
If the Israelites had been told ahead “on your way is the Red Sea, when you reach there, the biggest miracle will happen! He will..” Moses gasps and says “..part the Red Sea! ” , they would have reached the Red Sea and celebrated.
The same happens to us, we reach our personal difficulties & are awed by how immense it is & we end up crying to God because we can’t see a solution, we only see the dead end. But God wants us to stop crying out to Him and boldly move forward.
So put your trust in Him, watch God solve it. Let us see God solving our problems & completely removing our obstacles. Be brave in your faith, after all He is the one walking ahead of you, making sure plans of how He will solve your problem & get you out of it.
Say God I’m facing this and I trust in you. You already knew I would get here and your love is so great that I know you have provided a way out for me. I don’t know which way it is but I will be strong trusting in you that you have solved it and will lead me out of it. Amen”