Day #15 | The BridgePosted on January 24th, 2012.
Exodus 14:9-28 (NKJV)
So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zemphon. And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” 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.” And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.
The Lord had delivered his people from 400 years of oppression. Yet it wasn’t over. Although the Israelites had left Egypt with boldness, wealth and their families — safe and intact — their enemy was regrouping. Pharaoh realized he had let his work force leave the country and realized he could not grow his empire without slave labor. But God’s servants were not created to be the slaves of men.
Don’t let the bondages of this world enslave you. God is the great deliverer. It appeared that Israel was boxed in, but Pharaoh, their enemy, caught up with Abraham’s slow moving descendants. Geographical impasses prevented the Israelites from an obvious route of escape and they were in trouble. When people are in distress, they panic, complain, blame and regret. Moses was the object of their anger. According to them, Moses was the culprit. “Didn’t we tell you to leave us alone so we could continue to be slaves?” How ridiculous is that? They were so short sighted that they had forgotten that God was in their camp. Moses commanded them to settle down and trust God. He reminded them what I remind you: God fights for you. Your enemy is God’s enemy and God has a battle plan that he is executing. It only appears desperate. So, when you are helpless, don’t become hopeless. The Lord is your bridge to safety. At God’s command, Moses lifted his staff and a strong wind from the east parted the sea in front of them like a long corridor. Imagine walking through that! Pretty scary and awesome at the same time. You are probably going through a scary time yourself. Maybe your enemies are in hot pursuit and maybe they’ve even overtaken you already. There may be no clear path to deliverance, but I remind you that God is your bridge to safety, peace and healing. Don’t be afraid. Stand firm on the promise of God. It is solid ground. Remember, when the Israelites walked through the sea, the wind blew all night. Sometimes even a miracle takes some time, but the Lord is providing. He is protection to you & confusion to your enemies. Soon, you will experience the victory of God and the defeat of an enemy you will never have to encounter again.
Grab a note pad and write down the enemy in your life that you want to defeat. What’s your must-have victory? Pray for it. Declare it. Believe it and do what God tells you to do.