“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.”Exodus 14:13-14
The children of Israel previously complained about being enslaved by the Egyptians, but fear made them forget about their deliverance and desire to go back to their enslavement. They faced a dead end in the wilderness and forgot what God had miraculously done in their lives and they started to fear. God had given them inexplicable favor with the Egyptians as they exited, but all they could think about was their hopeless situation. We are often the same way, and it does not take long for us to go from “God is good” to “where is God?” We sometimes forget our God in times of adversity and act like He is not able to deliver us. If we are thinking as we should, we will cry out to God, but if we are thinking in our flesh, we will murmur and find someone else to blame for our predicament.
I think back to my teenage years and early adulthood, and it would be an understatement to say that I was somewhat negative. I looked at everything from a negative perspective, and I tried to find fault in everyone. I complained about everything, and I could only see things from my own perspective. I did not see myself in the same harsh light, and I judged myself with a different standard. I would question God and blame others for my own shortcomings, and although I depended on God for my salvation, I did not depend on Him for much else. I simply lived my life for myself, and I am not sure how my family and friends tolerated me.
I would make spiritual decisions at summer camp and be on fire for God, but the moment Satan came after me, and I seemed to crumble like a cookie. I would cry out and blame my situation, others at church, and even my youth leaders for not following up on me. I thought if they only cared about me more than I would not have fallen. The people who were good to me were thrown under the bus, and my judgment spared no one.
The children of Israel were camped against the Red Sea with the Egyptians hot on their trail and nowhere to run for cover. There were some who trusted in God and many others who murmured against Moses and said they were happier being slaves to the Egyptians. Fear will bring out the worst in us, and we often run in the wrong direction. We try to outrun our problems instead of running to God. We are told to not fear, but we forget that command in the heat of the battle. In this challenging moment, Moses did not waver and told the people, “fear not.” He trusted and believed in the salvation of the LORD and knew the LORD did not led them into the wilderness to simply abandon them out there. He knew God is the One who fights for us.
Where are you today friend? What is troubling you? What are you fearing? Are you complaining about the trials of life instead of allowing God to use them in your life? Are you allowing God to fight for you? Are you trusting in His plan for your life? May we not waver when the trials and fears come, but may we trust and depend on a good Father who is always in control. Our Father is not surprised by the events of our life, and He longs to draw us close. Isaiah 41:10 states, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” May we be upheld by the right hand of our Father, and may we not fear what man can do to us.