Have you ever faced a situation that is impossible? A situation where if God doesn’t do it, it will not get done. Some situations do not even have an exit door. You cannot go back or forward–you are stuck.
The children of Israel experienced this when the LORD was brining them out of bondage to slavery in Egypt. After the LORD sent ten plagues to convince Pharoah to let the people go, Pharoah finally agreed and they were sent away with silver and gold. The children of Israel took all their things and made up there minds to leave Egypt and serve God.
Often the greatest victory comes in the midst of the greatest opposition.
- Exodus 14:5-8 New Living Translation –5 When word reached the king of Egypt that the Israelites had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds. “What have we done, letting all those Israelite slaves get away?” they asked. 6 So Pharaoh harnessed his chariot and called up his troops. 7 He took with him 600 of Egypt’s best chariots, along with the rest of the chariots of Egypt, each with its commander. 8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, so he chased after the people of Israel, who had left with fists raised in defiance.
The Israelites were now caught in between the Red Sea and the Pharoah’s army. They didn’t know what to do.
- Exodus 14:10-12 New Living Translation – 10 As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, 11 and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? 12 Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”
Like the Israelites, we can start to doubt. We can say to ourselves, “Have I been defeated?”
- Exodus 14:13-14 New King James Version – 13 And Moses said to 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
When we don’t know what to do or how to move, God ALWAYS has another move. God knows how to deliver us out of any situation at any time. Our moves benefit us, but when God moves it benefits others. The LORD’s plans are always bigger than our plans.
- Exodus 14:26-30 New King James Version – 26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” 27 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. 29 But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
When trouble surrounds us on all sides, God doesn’t want us to doubt or go back. The LORD wants us to stand still and trust Him.