Between a rock and a hard place!
Scripture Reading for January 23: Exodus 13-15
Exodus 14:24-25 “And in the morning watch, the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud, looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them. . .”
Moses had obeyed the Lord and witnessed the 10 plagues that humbled Pharaoh and judged the people of Egypt and their gods. He and Israel had experienced God’s protection and blessing throughout this difficult time. The final plague had convinced Pharaoh to send the Israelites away. The Egyptians had given them many items of silver and gold and they went away rich! God healed their bodies and there was not one feeble or sick person in Israel! The lamb that they had eaten and the blood over their doors had brought them amazing deliverance and health! They left Egypt following the cloud of God’s presence by day and a pillar of fire by night! But, trouble was lurking not far behind them!
The Egyptians came to their senses and Pharaoh ordered all his army into mobilization and hot pursuit! The Israelites, under the direction of the Cloud and Fire of God’s Presence, were camped in the desert by the Red Sea. They looked up and saw the army of Egypt approaching and “cried out to the Lord”. (Exodus 14:10-13) They began the “blame game” on Moses and God for bringing them out in the desert to die! What had started out so good with such joy now looked like approaching death.
But God fought for them! If God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31) The God of the pillar of cloud and fire can do anything! When you are following His instructions, the journey may get wild and even scary at times, but you will enjoy the ending! Moses had the instructions from the Lord and held out his staff over the waters. The waters were parted and the Israelites walked over on dry ground between two walls of water. As soon as the Egyptians were between the walls of water, their wheels started to come off. Moses held out his staff again and the Egyptians were drowned in the surging sea!
Are you currently in a difficult place facing dangerous obstacles? Have you ever used the ‘blame’ game? What encouragement does this story give you?