I have loved reading the Old Testament recently. It’s amazing to read so many miracles and powerful stories. In Exodus 14, there were two million people on their way to the land of milk and honey when they approached the Red Sea. They were facing major obstacles. Not only were they trapped against the sea, but they were facing the Egyptian army as well. Just as they did, we all have Red Seas. We will all face obstacles or trials that we aren’t sure how we are going to get through or around them.
Exodus 14:13-14 says, Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Such a profound truth. None of us have anything to fear since we are fighting from a place of victory. We aren’t fighting for it, but it’s already been given to us.
Priscilla Shirer shared a word about the topic of the Israelites facing the Red Sea in this sermon. She made these points about these verses:
• Be Fearless – In these verses, Moses had no idea how he would get through the situation. All he knew was that God would help Him through. It is so easy in the flesh to let fear rise up when we notice we are in a battle. Every time we face a difficult situation, we make a choice to either take control of the fear or let the fear cripple us. Just like Moses we should call upon God and exchange fear for an opportunity to seek Him. If we begin to believe what God’s Word says about us and who we are in Christ, we will be more confident when we face challenging situations. We should all want every single thing God has for us, which includes living in the victory He has already paid for and not letting fear overtake us.
• Be Still – Moses told the people of Israel to stop. We should do the same. Rest and be still in the Lord. Plant your feet firmly on the promises of God. Stand firmly on what He says no matter how big, or deep, or wide your Red Sea looks. Believe that He is who He says He is. Rather than relying on our own abilities to solve a problem, stand firm in Him.
• Be Watchful. – Don’t be so focused on your problems that you are missing what the Lord is doing. When we are surrounded on all sides by a ‘sea’ or problem, God wants us to have our eyes open to watch as He delivers us. The children of Israel had the Red Sea on one side and Egyptian armies on all other sides, but God wanted them to see how He would deliver them. God wants to get the glory from the situation.
• Be Quiet. – While waiting, praise God. Don’t spend time complaining or grumbling, but instead thank Him in advance for what He is going to do. Sometimes the hardest thing to do when we are faced with problems is to guard our mouth. The Israelites got into trouble when they murmured and complained. We need to guard our mouths and speak life even when life is hard. Our words have power and if we aren’t speaking life then it is best to be quiet.
The Lord is so faithful when we face ‘Red Sea’ situations. He has purpose in every trial we face and wants to help carry us through. While you are in the sea, be fearless, be still, be watchful, and be quiet!