We have been at certain points in life where we stood at a cross road: either turn around and go back there or "move on".
Often times, we have wanted to "go back to Egypt", and make mud bricks. But somehow the Lord keeps nudging us to "move on".
In Exodus 14 we find the Children of Israel standing on the banks of the Red Sea with the mighty army of Pharaoh rushing toward them from behind.
Setting the stage: Pharaoh had released Israel, under Moses leadership, to go in the desert for three days to worship their God. When he realized they were not coming back, this is what happened.
Exodus 14:7: "When word reached the king of Egypt the Israelis were not planning to return to Egypt after three days (but to keep on going), Pharaoh and his staff became angry and bold again!
"What is this we have done, letting all those slaves get away?", they asked. So Pharaoh led the chase in his chariot, followed by the pick of his chariot corps, 600 chariots, driven by his officers.
They pursued the Israelites, who had taken much of the wealth of Egypt with them. The Egyptians overtook them as they camped near the Red Sea.."
The Israelites saw the Egyptians in the distance, speeding after them, and they were terribly frightened.and began to cry out to the Lord to help them.
They turned against Moses, whining, "Have you brought us out here to die in the desert because there were not enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us leave Egypt?
Isn't this what we told you, while we were slaves, to leave us along? We said it would be better to be slaves to the Egyptians than dead in the wilderness."
Moses told the people, "Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch - and you will see the wonderful way the Lord will rescue you today.
The Egyptians you are looking at - you will never see them again. The Lord will fight for you, and you won't need to lift a finger."
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Quit praying and get the people moving! Forward, march!
Use your rod; hold it out over the water and the sea will open up a path before you; and all the people of Israel will walk through on dry ground."'
Try to imagine the scene: The excited children being constantly hushed and restrained by the parents.
The women must have been uncomfortable too as they sensed what might happen in just a few minutes -something worse than death. And the men were mumbling against God and Moses.
They all wanted to go back to Egypt instead on "moving one".
But then Moses spoke to them. As he was speaking, they were watching him, then watching the advancing army of Pharaoh behind them.
Back to Moses, and now Pharaoh. (back and forth) It was hard to concentrate on what Moses was saying when the dust 'back yonder' was getting thicker and thicker.
Listen to these words of Moses again....Don't be afraid....(above)
As we envision the walls of water separating, uncovering dry land before them, (under the influence of the outstretched hands of Moses- engineered by God- we can learn, like the Israelites..."what God can do for His own".
Absolute obedience brings unusual results, regardless of the consequences. Never fear the rough waters ahead of us; which we might think is "sure death to all who try to ford them."
Never fear the foes racing after us. God is on our side. Don't be afraid. Keep moving. Keep going. God is greater than any raging water and the mighty armies that surround us.
The Psalmist writes: The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The storm is simply the hem of His robe, the sign of His coming, and the evidence of His presence.
We must dare to trust Him. We must dare to follow Him. God takes those forces that blocked us from moving ahead and uses them as stepping stones for us.
Is there a Red Sea place in your life? You just want to go back, turn around, change some circumstances of the past, etc ?
In spite of what we want to change, there's no way back, no way out....only one way- right through it?
Then wait on the Lord with a serene trust, till the night of fear is gone. He will quieten the winds; He will stop the floods –and then He will say again: "move on"!
"His hand will lead us through; yes through! No foe can reach us, no wave can touch, The mightiest sea can't drown.
The tossing billows may rear their crests, Their foam at our feet may break; But o'er the seabed, we walk the dry ground, in the path that the Lord will make.
In the morning watch, 'neath the lifted cloud, We will see the Lord alone, When He leads us o'er the stormy sea, to a land that we've have not known;
And our fears will pass, as our foes have passed; We will be no more afraid.
We'll sing HIs praise in a better place, A place that His hand hath made."Annie Johnson Flint
Do you need to move on, maybe turn loose of fears and hurts? Or stop looking back to Egypt, wanting to return?
God wants us 'move on' under His Divine Leadership. Today!