“But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.”Exodus 14:29-31
When I was growing up, my parents had a spanking stick that hung in a closet that also housed my dad’s soda. It was always a touch-and-go situation when I heard the closet door squeak open. My brain went through the myriad of possibilities trying to determine if I had committed an offense or if my mom was simply getting out a soda for my dad’s lunch. Even when it was just the soda, my young self remembered and feared the spanking stick.
I would like to say that fear stayed with me and prevented me from all future wrongdoing, but knew the spanking stick quite intimately. I would not go as far to say we were friends, but we definitely knew each other well. I came to know that when my parents warned me of doing wrong, they meant what they said. I didn’t fear my parents in the sense that they were unapproachable, but I did fear them in the sense that they would execute judgement if I chose to break a rule they had set forth for the household.
God has given us statues and commands as well, and we would be wise to obey them. Deuteronomy 4:24 states, “For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” Although we are familiar with God’s commandments, we sometimes choose to not take Him at His Word and do not fear Him as we should. I sometimes get too big for my spiritual britches, and God brings the spiritual spanking stick in my life to align me back to the narrow path. I sometimes kick myself for needing a spanking as I should have just feared God and belwives Him, but instead I allowed my flesh to override the godly fear that I should possess.
Imagine the fear and belief that would overcome you if you saw the parting of the Red
Sea and the hand of God destroy your enemy. Your life would never be the same again after seeing the power of God right before your eyes. However, we as modern day Christians should posses the same fear and belief as we read of God doing great and wonderful things in the Bible and see that power in our own lives as well. He has saved us and changed us. We have seen answers to prayer that only He could answer, and we have seen His hand in our lives through the trials and tribulations. Not only are we able to read about the great things God has done, but we are able to still see His hand at work today.
Do you fear God today? Do you believe that He is able to answer prayer and part the “Red Sea” in your life? May we be in awe of our God, and may we remember He is the still the God of miracles and the God who saves and sanctifies us. Psalm 31:19 states, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought (worked) for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” Will you fear and believe Him today?