Sunday, February 9, 2020 -
At some point yesterday, I had mentioned in an email to Kathie about my encounter with “G” (see Feb. 8, 2020 – yesterday). She emailed me later in the evening that in her own daily Bible reading she read Exodus 14, and the words of God to Moses in verses 13 and 14 struck her. “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (KJV). After this, I emailed Kathie about the encounter with “G,” who had called me Moses and told me to go part the Red Sea. I corrected him several times that it was God who parted the Red Sea, not Moses. Coincidence? With God in control, I doubt it!
Indeed, Moses merely had to be faithful and obedient. But God performed the miracle! “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent” (v. 14). “I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord” (v. 17-18). God told Moses to merely “Lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it” (v. 16). All Moses had to do was be obedient to God in the midst of his travails and what was from a human perspective, certain death for all the people of Israel at the hands of the Egyptians. “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided” (v. 21). “The Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea” (v. 22). “Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians” (v. 30).
When we encounter circumstances that look bleak and hopeless, we are to fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. Our confidence needs to remain in the Lord, and we must not doubt His faithfulness, clinging instead to His promises. At these points in our lives, it is very easy to give up on God because of the seeming helplessness of the current situation. Yet at this point, our obedience is imperative, just as it was with Moses.
It is at this time we must cling to the promises of the Lord. “I cleave to Thy testimonies, oh Lord, do not put me to shame” (Psalm 119:31). “Remember the word to thy servant, in which Thou hast made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that Thy Word has revived me” (Psalm 119:49-50). At this point, we must delve into God’s Word as never before, and echo David who said, “Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity; and revive me in Thy ways” (Psalm 119:32).
We serve a God of miracles, and He has done many miracles in my life during my 6 ½ decades on this earth. Why should I doubt Him now? He is the one who delivers! I pray that when God vacates my sentence, “G” will see that as my Red Sea, and it will turn his heart toward the Lord.