See the Sea, See Salvation!

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, ‘What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?’ So he… pursued them, all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped at the sea. When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. 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.’

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.’ Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud [came] between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued them into the midst of the sea. And in the morning watch the Lord threw the Egyptian forces into a panic... And [they]said, ‘Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.’

“Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. As the Egyptians fled into it, the Lord threw [them] into the midst of the sea… not one of them remained. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians. Israel saw the great power that the Lord used, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord.” Exodus 14:5-6,9-10,13-14,17-25,27-31

The Israel millions began their exodus from Egypt bold, brave, defiant, but the vast Sea before and angry army behind paralyzed them with fear. Moses, observing their pivot, revives them. ‘Fear not, stand firm, be silent, see God!’

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Do we panic, and manipulate to avoid the places of adversity, testing, impossibility? Do we eschew roadblocks, and forge elsewhere in our own strategies because God’s don’t make sense? Does our courage dissolve into fear when circumstances get tough? Do we lose sight of God when we see the Sea? At the edge of His directed hard place, will we stand still, silence our fretting, and expect Him to make a spectacular way of salvation? An easy, smooth route has nothing on a divided sea.

Father, keep me in step with You, wherever You lead. Train my eyes to see Your salvation in every impossible Sea, and advance in faith in the way You provide. And beholding Your magnificent power, may I exalt Your glory.

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