Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left…During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving…Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen’…and the Lord swept them into the sea…That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians.
The Lord saved the Israelites from the Egyptians. He may good on His promise. I have to give credit to the Israelites though. They may have been complaining and grumbling, but they did go. They may have had their doubts, but they walked through the Red Sea. They made the choice to follow God’s orders, so I would like to think deep down, they had some trust.
Isn’t that the same with us? As followers of Christ, we have this deep feeling in our heart that we really can trust God. It is when we allow our humanness to cloud over the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit, that we succumb to worry, doubt, and complaining.
I encourage you to cast all your grumblings onto God, get rid of those burdens, and then walk away from them. Fully trust that God, who is mighty enough to deliver the Israelites out of the hands of the Egyptians, will also deliver you out of your pain and suffering. Never lose hope because He will part the waves and walk along with you through the Red Sea road.
After Devotional: Click on below link and listen to “Red Sea Road” by Ellie Holcomb (I do not own the rights to this song.)
Living by grace,
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No matter how many times I tell myself not to worry…I still do. I am a worrier. I constantly think about the ‘what ifs’ and try to control my future. I do hear God say that He is in control and to trust Him, but in my humanness I doubt if that is true. Which is exactly what the Israelites did.
In Exodus 14:15 God basically asks Moses why is he complaining, and tells him to have the Israelites move on.
God said to Moses: ‘Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea; Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground. Meanwhile I’ll make sure the Egyptians keep up their stubborn chase-I’ll use Pharoah and his entire army, his chariots and horsemen, to put my Glory on display so that the Egyptians will realize that I am God.’
Exodus 14:15-18 (Msg)
I get the sense that God may have been annoyed. He was in control and had a plan, and yet the Israelites didn’t trust Him. They did not believe the Almighty God would deliver them from the Egyptians. I think that is why he told them His plan. That way, when the Israelites saw that God was their Deliverer, they would then believe and trust who He is.
When I am in my worrying state, and don’t know what God’s plan is, is when I try to control the outcome. That behavior points out the glaring reality that I am not trusting my Holy Father. He wants our trust. He wants us, His children, to come to Him with our problems, and then trust that He will deliver us from them. We don’t need to know what His plans are, we just need to know who He is.
After Devotional: Write down all your worries on a piece of paper and lift them up to God in prayer.
I weep sometimes at night. That is when I am alone with my thoughts. All of the hopes and dreams I had for my life that didn’t come to fruition, haunt me.
I have had several nights like these in the past. I toss and turn and raise up an honest prayer. I cry out to God and ask, ‘How long will these thoughts overwhelm me?’, ‘When will this sadness and pain leave me?’ The next morning I will feel tired and emotionally drained. I would struggle with opening my Bible and seeking God. because what’s the point? I had prayed numerous times for relief and I still felt tortured.
Have you ever felt this way? If you have, then know you are not alone! We are surrounded by great company, David, Moses, Jesus..All of them cried out to God and asked why; but, for the purpose of this study, we are going to talk about Moses and how his story relates to our trials and sufferings.
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘What it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!’ Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’
If the Lord will fight for them, why wouldn’t He fight for you?
After Devotion: Study Exodus 14:10-14. What words jump out at you? What do you hear the Lord whispering to you? Write down the actions you should take.