I believe that I hear God saying that this blog is for everyone to read, as are all my blogs. However, there are few people in particular whom this blog is for. Don’t shrink….Don’t shrink…it’s been ringing in my spirit all week. I asked God so many questions trying to figure out what direction he wanted to take. Of course he gave me my answer through a conversation my husband and I were having about God rescuing the Israelite’s from Egypt. So let’s look at the story and see what God is trying to tell us.
So we know that at this time the Israelites or God’s people were in enslaved by the Egyptians. God sent Moses to help deliver his people from their bondage. Moses was going back and forth with Pharaoh to let God’s people go. God continued to harden Pharaoh’s heart, but he wouldn’t give in, until the very last plague. The last plague was the killing of the first born sons to every house that did not have the sacrificed lamb’s blood on their door post signifying that they belonged to God. When Pharaoh’s first born son died he was filled with anger and told Moses to take the Israelites and go! This is where we are going pick up. This post is for those of you who are fed up! You feel like you are taking one step forward to get knocked 5 back. This post is to encourage those of you who feel that there is something greater ahead but the closer you get the further away it feels. God sent me to encourage you! I want to use how God delivered his people in the book of Exodus to hopefully show you how God will work on your behalf, if you trust him to do so.
- God is aware of you. He’s aware of where you are. He is gentle. –“When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17. God recognized that his children had been through a very traumatic experience in slavery. He was aware of them. He was aware of where they were. He was gentle with them. He knew if he pushed them too far they would change there minds and turn around. God knows that you having been fighting so long, that another blow may be devastating to you. So to protect you, he’s taking you around the trouble to give you rest and build your confidence.
- You are not alone. God is with you.–“The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. And the Lord did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people.” Exodus 13:21-22. This verse speaks for itself. The Lord never left them, and he will not leave you!
- God has a plan. Be obedient. He will show his glory through your story.- “And once again I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord !” So the Israelites camped there as they were told.”Exodus 14:4. God uses our pain and our trials to show himself mighty! Not only to us, but also to our oppressor. His plan won’t fail! Trust and obey him.
- God will use your oppressor to push you into your destiny- “The Egyptians chased after them with all the forces in Pharaoh’s army—all his horses and chariots, his charioteers, and his troops. The Egyptians caught up with the people of Israel as they were camped beside the shore near Pi-hahiroth, across from Baal-zephon. As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, ”Exodus 14:9-10, This where you are. Stuck between destiny and death. I know you may be saying Annette death? It’s not that deep…but it is. God has brought you so far from where you use to be. If you turn and and go back, only destruction awaits you. God will use all the naysayers to push you forward. What’s the alternative? Going back to slavery and bondage? No! That’s the easy way out. It’s time to gather up all the faith you have and begin to put one foot in front of the other.
- Don’t shrink in fear…don’t panic! Use your faith and move forward- “But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side! “Exodus 14:13-14, 22. The Israelites put on their faith. They didn’t run through the red sea with their arms flailing in the air. They walked through, knowing that God was on their side. He was fighting for them. The Lord promised them, they would never see the Egyptians again! Once God brings your through this time…you won’t see another one like this! So walk on through!
The story ends with the Israelites crossing the Red Sea to look back to see Pharaoh and all of his army drowning in the water. God rescued them, as he promised he would! God is going to rescue you! God is going to fight this for you. It may look as if your oppressor is gaining ground, but God is only positioning them in the perfect spot to be defended. When you see the thing God is going to deliver you from chasing after you stay calm, because God will get the glory. He’s using the pursuit to push you into your promised land.
Be blessed. I hope this helped!
❤ Annette D,