The Lord will fight for you
“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still” Exodus 14:14
Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years.(Exod.12:40) God saw the misery of his people, heard their cry and decided to deliver them from their bondage in Egypt and to take them to the promised land. (Exod.3:7-10). God called Moses to deliver God’s people from the bondage of Pharaoh. He was really scared and tried his best not to venture for this big task… Finally he agreed to obey the Lord. (Exod.3,4.)
Pharaoh was very upset about the request of Moses to allow all the Israelites to go to the desert to worship their God. He hardened his heart and tried his best not to heed their request (Exod.5). God sent 10 different plagues on the Egyptians.(Exod.7-11). Finally Pharaoh allowed them to go to sacrifice to their God in the desert (Exod.12:31,32).
Later when Pharaoh realized that all the Isrealites left for good, he decided to go after them to bring them back.(Exod.14:5-9).
Israelites were camping near the red sea. Infront of them is the vast and deep sea. When they turned back, they saw the huge army of Pharaoh marching after them with hundreds of chariots, horsemen and thousands of army officers fully equipped to do anything on them.
A. Response of people to God
- They were terrified.
- They cried out to the Lord.
B. Response of people to Moses. Exod.14:11,12.
1.You brought us to the desert to die? Exod.14:11
- What have you done to us?
- You brought us out of Egypt against our wish.
- It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than to die in the desert.
C. Response of Moses to Isrealites. Exod.14:13,14.
- Do not be afraid.
- Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.
- You will never see your enemy again.(The last chance to see the Egyptian enemies)
- The LORD will fight for you.
- You need only to be still.
(No need to do anything. When God is doing the needed, He doesn’t want us to do anything. He is powerful enough to help us, without our help.) We can see what God is doing to His people. He asked His servant Moses to raise his staff, and stretch out his hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Isrealites can go through the sea on dry ground. Exod.14:16. What happened to the enemies? Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. Exod.14:30.
Friends, are you going through terrifying problems?
Problems which you think is going to finish you?
I have gone through many such experiences.
GOD is telling us today.
- Do not be afraid.
- Stand firm.
- See the deliverance which the Lord will bring you today.
- God will deliver you from your problems.
- The Lord will fight for you.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
The Lord had rescued Israel from their slavery in Egypt and brought them out with much wealth, but when they saw the Egyptian army in hot pursuit their hearts failed for fear. Instead of holding fast to the Word of God and remembering His promise to take them in safety into the land He promised to Abraham, they looked at the problems that were surrounding them.
The surging waters of the Red Sea were ahead, mountains towered all around and the chariots of Pharaoh’s army advanced menacingly – and so they cried out in fear and unbelief, for their confidence in God’s promised rescue, had faltered.
While Israel’s eye of faith was on the Lord’s fiery pillar, they were secure in God’s unfailing protection but as soon as they took their eyes off Him in unbelief, they saw the surging waters, the mountainous problems and the intimidating enemy. But Moses told the people – Don’t be afraid – stand still and watch the LORD rescue you.
Like Israel we are to believe God’s word. We are to have confidence in the Lord’s faithfulness and we are to quietly trust in the God of our salvation – for He has promised to fight for us and to deliver us from all our enemies. Let us never forget that like Israel, the challenges we face in life are important opportunities for our faith in God to grow.
When we discover ourselves to be surrounded by a whole host of menacing problems, let us not register unbelief in our hearts – but rather let us trust in the faithful Word of God – for THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU, while you need to rest in His love and trust His Word, for He Who had promised will do it.
Heavenly Father we thank you for the word you have given us. Father we thank You for Your many and precious promises. Forgive us for the times when we took our eyes away from You and slip into unbelief. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on Christ and the truth of Your Word. Help us to rest in You and trust all the issues of our life into Your hands. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.
A lost sheep found by Jesus 🐑 ✝️
Exodus 14:10 “The sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord.”
God miraculously delivered the Israelites from Egypt and guided them as they set out on their journey.
What happens next?
The Israelites were trapped.
The Egyptian army chased them, and the Israelites ended up stuck at the Red Sea.
There was no way out.
The Red Sea was in front of them, and the Egyptians were chasing them from behind.
They could either go forward and be drowned in the Red Sea, or they could turn back and be slaughtered by the Egyptian army.
Here the Red Sea is like a closed future for the Israelites.
Have you ever felt like you don’t know what to do next?
Like you’re in front of a sea?
You feel stuck, like you’re paralyzed, insecure and unsure of your next step.
Do you ever fear the future because you have no idea what you’re supposed to do?
I had, and the feeling is not a good one.
But as Mosses told the Israelites in Exodus 14:13-14,
“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today.”
As God was with the Israelites, God is intentional in all that he does.
That night, over one million people crossed the Red Sea on dry land.
Our God is so great and mighty!
Our Lord can handle any problems.
Believe, have faith and trust the Lord to part our Red Sea of circumstances!