And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. – Exo 14:13 KJV
As I write this today, much of the United States and the nations are in various levels of a ‘lockdown’ or quarantine in order to deal with a pandemic.
This has resulted in businesses closing, unemployment rising and Churches along with other venues have been closed down for weeks.
Now rioters, looters and anarchists are exploiting a miscarriage of justice to destroy property and sow chaos in many of our major cities.
Wide scale Governmental corruption is being exposed and those responsible appear to scarcely be held accountable.
Fear is being pushed on us in every way imaginable and we naturally react by asking, “Where is God in all of this?”
When the Israelites were expelled from Egypt and found themselves up against the Red Sea before them, two towering mountains on either side of them and a powerful Egyptian army pursuing them from behind, they also were full of fear and asked Moses,
“Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?...” Ex. 14:11
Does that sound familiar? If sure feels familiar to me…
What appeared to be doom to the Israelites was actually their salvation. Moses replied to them….
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” – Exo 14:13-14 KJV
What followed next? Did the Egyptians turn around?, Were they consumed by fire from heaven?, Did a flotilla of ferry boats suddenly appear to carry them across the Red Sea? Did a legion of angels descend to form a bridge across the Red sea that the Israelites could walk over?
No, instead darkness descended, an intense wind came up, the pillar of cloud that had led them there moved from before them to behind them leaving them in confusion and near panic.
Then the command came to walk through the Red Sea with huge pillars of water towering on either side of them. Can you think of anything less designed to give them peace? They were left with only one choice and that was to either submit to destruction by their enemy or to trust God -not out of – but in the midst of turbulent waters.
I just visited with a family member today that wore a beaming smile. She had not just won a lottery or gotten married. In fact she has just come through cancer surgery and intensive treatment.
Then she and her husband were confronted with the horror of one of their daughters driving a car into a tree at a sharp turn in the road. It left her hospitalized for a short time and left one of her young companions comatose.
Their daughter is clinically depressed and facing heavy fines and possible imprisonment. So how did this afflicted mother move from deep depression and sadness to now stand before me with a beaming smile?
It is because in the midst of all of this turmoil and darkness she and her husband have endured, they discovered that God is with them – not to save them from the trouble – but to draw near to them through the trouble.
As C.H. Macintosh eloquently stated:
Unbelief questions God in the presence of circumstances, But faith questions circumstances in the presence of God
When the Israelites stepped out in faith onto the dry bed of the Red Sea, It is unlikely that fear left them but it is without doubt that faith overpowered them. They discovered that God was not only with them, but that God was for them. He had set a trap for His enemies that defied His will.
“And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked …and troubled the host of the Egyptians, And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: … And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, [and] all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. But the children of Israel walked upon dry [land] in the midst of the sea; …” Exo 14:24-25, 28-29 KJV
When it appears that God has abandoned us, It may be that He is leading us into uncomfortable and dark circumstances in order to show us who our enemy really is and then setting a trap to destroy him.
I believe that God in these last days of the church age is in the process of setting a trap for His enemies. He is exposing them and giving all peoples a clear choice to either capitulate to their enemy or step forward in faith. One simple commitment of faith in God and the chariot wheels of the enemy come off; The trap is sprung and the enemy is defeated.
Let’s pray that the present world circumstances will open the eyes of many as to the nature and identity of the enemy of their souls and well being. Let us pray that what we see is in fact the chariot wheels coming off of the enemy as the trap is set and a great harvest of souls spells defeat for the evil one.
This side of Christ’s return to the earth as King there will always be battles; There will always be challenges to move from fear to faith even in the darkest and most fearful of circumstances – even in death- God will always be proven to be faithful and victorious.