This may look like I’m doubling up on a day (I’ll have to figure out how to manipulate the date!), but it’s because I skipped yesterday :).
We watched part of “The Ten Commandments” in Explorers’ Bible Club this past week, the part about Moses leading the Israelites through the Red Sea. What a riveting story! Like a reverse tsunami with the walls of water holding the sea back so the people could cross on dry ground.
Verse 10 says that “the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness?…….. (more complaints)….. 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!” And this was after they had witnessed all of the miracles of the Ten Plagues and were spared the deaths of their firstborns. How quickly we humans forget what God has done! They wanted to stay in their slavery, yet when they were slaves, they wanted to be free!
I like both the Amplified Bible and the New Living Translation, so will use a combination for Exodus 14:13 – “Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
It would be difficult to stay calm with an angry army behind you and a vast sea in front of you. Worse than being between a rock and a hard place. In this instance, God doesn’t ask them to do anything but stand still and watch. Hasn’t He rescued them before? Isn’t He able to do it again? Of course, they don’t know the future (same here) and standing still isn’t in their nature (likewise for me). When things look hopeless and there’s no way out, this is a good phrase to repeat. “Fear not. Stand still and see what God will do for you today.”