2014 is a year of Deliverance and God is our Deliverer. In His unfathomable wisdom, He constructed the the Bible so that the 14th chapters speak of some aspect of deliverance. It seemed good to me to take some time to read every 14th chapter and be encouraged. So I will be writing several or maybe many of the things He reveals to me from these chapters. This one got me so excited, I couldn’t wait to share it….
Exodus 14 – Leaving Egypt
Sometimes, the Word of the Lord is comical. I love what God says next to Moses….”Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the people to go forward!” You can hear Father God speak in an almost exasperated way – “Get moving, Moses! Stretch your staff over the sea, divide it and walk through!” Moses probably said to himself, “Oh yeah, why didn’t I think of that!” It’s funny how we remember the story and say, “Moses parted the sea.” Moses only obeyed and lifted his staff! Put yourself in Moses’ shoes….millions of people looking at you, shouting at you, thinking they are about to die and there is a huge sea in front of you. Your instruction is to lift up your staff. Seems like such a small act in light of the size of the problem. Yet, following that simple command was the key to unlocking the path for all these people and unleashing the Glory of God for all to see!
Today, you might feel like the Israelites, trapped in a situation where there seems to be no way out. You look around and you’re locked in by natural circumstances. Have you considered that you might be the bait God is using to trap His enemy? God knows what the enemy is thinking, and just like He caused Pharaoh’s heart to be hardened, He can harden the heart of any enemy of His. God has not put you in a position to let you die in the wilderness! He has put you there so you will shine with His glory and He will crush the head of His enemy.
The circumstances don’t make sense and the method of deliverance can’t be imagined. The way to seeing it all work out is simple obedience. When God says, “move forward,” you might be tempted to argue with Him because you can’t see the path, but I assure you, He is opening that perfect path for you as you GO. You have to be in motion, moving forward. If you sit down and expect to get answers before you move, you will be overtaken. If you don’t respond with quick obedience, it might be too late. But if you will simply do what He says, however small and insignificant it seems, God will do the rest. Lift up the staff in your hand and take a step.
The result of this was that a path formed and the people came through on dry ground. What a surprise! God let the enemy follow them and it still probably felt pretty uncomfortable. They walked through the path, looking at the walls of water knowing that this was a miracle, but the enemy was behind them. In His great mercy, the Angel of the Lord and the pillar of cloud moved behind the Israelites to block their view and keep them from looking back at their enemy. At just the right moment – God’s timing – He caused their chariot wheels to swerve and made their driving difficult! Selah! Even the Egyptians knew it was God fighting against them!
In moments, the Egyptian army was no more. The water came crashing down, the enemy was defeated and the Israelites were safe. There is a moment when suddenly, your deliverance will be complete and you will experience the safety you’ve been desiring.
Verse 31 says, “When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.” The Glory of God was revealed and the people were astounded. I’m sure a holy hush swept over that large group. Mouths fell open, people dropped to their knees and wept because God demonstrated His Power and Glory. Those that were frightened and spoke negatively about their circumstances and Moses’ leadership were struck with awe. Now the people believed in the Lord and in Moses!
Friends, this is our God, and He is going to do this for everyone that is believing Him for deliverance. He is no respecter of persons. He is doing it individually and corporately. 2014 is the time of His deliverance. Do not lose heart! Hang on, listen and obey. The rest is up to Him and He is faithful!