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. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
There is one event that the Old Testament keeps going back to time after time after time. In fact, the Old Testament refers to this event one hundred times. This episode is not only the central example of God’s power to rescue his people, but it is also the main Old Testament picture of what God does for us in Christ.
This central event is the Exodus, the deliverance of the Israelites out of slavery with the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea.
But the Exodus is not just of paramount theological importance, it is also of greatest practical encouragement to the spiritual life.
Moses and the Israelites have reached the shore of the sea when they see the Egyptian army bearing down on them. The people are terrified. After all they have been through, will they be massacred when they have almost made it? They complain bitterly to Moses.
Moses’ response is classic. This is his finest hour of leadership. “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. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
These words are life-giving words. They speak to our overwhelming problems and needs. They speak to the biggest challenges in our lives. They speak to the problems we are wrestling withright now.
Consider your biggest burden as you prayerfully hear God’s voice to you: “Fear not. Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you. You need only be silent.”
The Israelites were in an impossible situation that day. Maybe you feel you are in an impossible situation right now. It’s not impossible for God. Nothing is too hard for God. Hecan do it!
Trust the Lord. Trust the Lord with all your heart. Cry out to him. Refuse to give way to fear. For the Lord will fight for you.
Why don’t you call out to him right now?