When Pharaoh gave the Israelites freedom to leave for the promised land, he later regretted his decision and decided to pursue them.
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In spite of their joy of freedom from captivity and slavery, they encountered a situation of utter despondency and despair. Caught between two giants, their courage and peace were displaced by fear and anxiety. The fierce Egyptian army was about to break their legs while the massive Red sea was waiting to swallow them alive.
Are you crying a cry of faith or you’re crying a cry of fear?
So they cried and complained to Moses. Moses cried to God. The Israelites focused on the giants instead of focusing on the promise. To them, the problem became bigger than the promise, even bigger than their God. They cried a cry of fear but Moses cried a cry of faith.
Moses had faith in God, thus he focused on the promise and the promise giver. To him, his God and the promise were bigger than Pharaoh and his army. His faith made God show up with an immediate powerful response.
“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. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”Exodus 14:13-14.
Moses by God’s instructions divided the sea, so they comfortably crossed over to the other side. When the Egyptians attempted to follow suit, they were swallowed by the sea.
While moving from here to there, you’re going to encounter challenges on your way. They’re guaranteed. Obstacles are going to obstruct your pathway. The enemy will bring distractions causing fear and doubt in an attempt to steal your faith and halt your progress. He wants to blind you so you won’t see God’s provisions for you.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”1 Peter 5:8-9.
What are you doing in the middle of that challenge? What are you doing as you experience that pain? Who are you crying to in that sickness? What is your response when you’re not getting feedback on the job you applied for? Are you blaming people and yourself? In that financial impasse who are you looking to? God or people? How’re you responding to that rejection?
“Your present circumstances do not determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”Jimmy Dean.
Are you going to lift your hands in surrender to the challenge or you’re going to lift them in surrender to God?
The challenge could be external like the Egyptians and the Red sea. It could be internal like bitterness or anxiety. It could be huge or small. Regardless of its nature, you can choose to either face it or bow to it.
You can either be like Moses who by faith declared, “You shall see the Egyptians no more forever”, or you can be like the Israelites who cried, blamed and complained to Moses instead of facing and speaking to the challenge by faith.
You can tell the enemy to keep off your path. That it is your path and no one else is authorized to walk on it, or you can invite him to walk along with you. The choice is yours.
Your faith attracts God’s attention, for without faith it is impossible to please God.
It is your faith that attracts God’s attention and His ability to transform an impossibility into a possibility. And for your faith to grow you must hear and obey His voice. God’s voice is found in His word by the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
You can choose right now, in faith to face the challenge you’re experiencing and move to the bright future God has given you. Or let fear in, give up, stagnate and retrogress to the familiar dark past.
“Now the just shall live by faith;Hebrews 10:38-39.
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”