then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea…
The Lord will fight for you…
“ The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. ”
- the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Play this while reading:
Our God — Chris Tomlin ft. Lecrae
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Exodus 14 presents one of the most miraculous stories of courage by a leader, Moses, in all of Scripture. Leading the people of Israel out of slavery, Moses had much responsibility, the people believed in him and in his faith, and they trusted him enough to follow his footsteps out of Egypt. Yet, until they saw Pharaoh and his armies in pursuit, their whole demeanor and moral had changed, they had lost hope and grumbled, resenting the fact that they left slavery in the first place.
Thinking they were about to die in the wilderness at the hand of the Egyptians, Moses’ trust in God shown through via his courage, overshadowing the people of Israel’s lack of belief in the miraculous :
13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
The remainder of the story reveals that God came through, true to His word and true to those who trusted in Him, parting the Red Sea for Moses to get the people of Israel to safety while destroying the men of Egypt whom were in pursuit.
Romans 8:31 says it best — “If God is for us, then who can be against us?”
Moses’ cry to the people of Israel to be silent was not only piercing with truth, yet has also echoed into the wise counsel for us today.
A few question to wrestle with…
- Who/What are the “Egyptians” in your life that you sense are closing in on you ?
- If we believe in the promise from Moses’ lips that the Lord will fight for us, then what is preventing us from being silent enough to see God come through ?
- If the people of Israel had to trust in the Lord even in the midst of complete hopelessness, what makes us think that He will not do the same to us for the sake of making us “more than conquerors” ?