PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
August 8, 2018
Many of us have fears – fears about our health, losing our job, our finances, national security, the safety and future of our children or grandchildren, and the list goes on. What about you? What fears do you have?
In Exodus 14, we discover that Pharaoh had finally given Moses permission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt; but once they started on their journey, Pharaoh realized that he had just let go of tens of thousands of slave labor. The Israelites were doing a lion’s share of the work in Egypt. So, Pharaoh assembled his army and set out after the Israelites.
The Israelites had come to the bank of the Red Sea, and had set up camp at a place called Pi Hahiroth. Then they noticed the army of Egyptians approaching – more than 600 hundred chariots – what seemed like an impossible situation, with no possible means of escape. In front of them was the Red Sea; behind them was the Egyptian army; nowhere to turn. It appeared their only options were to be killed in battle or drown trying to swim across the sea.
So, when the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptian army approaching in the distance, what was their immediate response? They were afraid. We read in Exodus 14:10, “They feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD.” They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?” A short memory will always destroy a godly perspective.
What about the power of God that led them out of Egypt? They forgot all about what God had done in freeing them. Don’t we forget sometimes how God has intervened in our lives when we’re in a tight situation? And now the Israelites were convinced that this was the end. They went on to say in verse 12 . . . “For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
In some ways, they were right. It would be better to be a slave in Egypt than to die in the wilderness, but no one said anything about dying in the wilderness! Moses didn’t say that! God didn’t say that! The Egyptians didn’t even intend on killing them in the wilderness; they intended to take them back to Egypt and make slaves of them again. The Israelites assumed the absolute worst case scenario. Does that sound familiar to you? Many people today, even in the Church, are like the Israelites, the nay-sayers; people come up against one obstacle and there goes their faith right out the window.
Think back at what God has done for you throughout your life – even in the last few months or weeks. Think of all He has brought you through, provided you with – a home, a family, ability to work, health, grace, and wisdom! That is why it is so helpful for us to journal – to write down when God has intervened in our lives; when we were rescued from a seemingly impossible situation; when God provided for a job, when God answered other prayers . . . and the list could go on.
Perhaps you are facing a Red Sea in your life today – a place which has brought about fear and anxiety. However, the Red Sea you are facing may not be the impasse that you think it is. It may be an opportunity; but it must be viewed with a godly perspective. May God grant us a positive perspective when we are faced with a Red Sea in our lives!