When God brings deliverance, it will usually be in way you never imagined.
Exodus 13:17 – 14:20 tells the story of how God delivered the Israelites from tragedy in a way they never imagined.
Pharaoh had already allowed Israel to leave Egypt. But because God wanted to grow their faith slowly but surely, He decided to lead the Israelites through the wilderness instead of taking them through the land of the Philistines. The Philistines were literally giants as far as their physical stature. We don’t know how large all them were, but the Bible tells us that Goliath was over 9 feet tall. God didn’t want Israel to lose their faith at the start of their journey to the land He had promised to give them.
God wanted to show Israel in a physical way that He would guide and protect them 24 hours a day. He wanted them to learn to completely depend on Him. So He went before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He had great things planned for the nation of Israel, but He wanted to present them with situations they couldn’t solve on their own so their dependence on Him would grow greater and greater.
God told Moses in advance that he would harden Pharaoh’s heart, and then told him exactly what would happen – the Egyptian army would come after them.
Pharaoh would now rethink his decision, and send the Egyptian army to conquer the Israelites in the wilderness to bring them back as slaves. After the Israelites were gone, he realized Egypt’s economy would suffer a devastating loss because he had lost most of his slave labor.
God also specifically told Moses not to be afraid, because He would fight for them and protect them from the Egyptian soldiers.
I’m sure Pharaoh felt it would be easy to overpower the Israelites because they had no weapons with which to fight. They were trapped with the sea in front of them and mountains on either side. To Pharaoh, this must have seemed like a sure victory. But he made the grave mistake of thinking he could defeat the Israelites with military power only.
It was God’s plan to show His Glory not only to the Israelites, but also to the Egyptians. He would show them who the ONE TRUE GOD really was.
When the Israelites looked out over the wilderness and saw the great cloud of dust, they were terrified. They knew that the Egyptians were coming after them and they had nowhere to run. But instead of crying out to God to save them, they started to complain and murmur about how much better off they had been in Egypt.They had quickly forgotten that they had been slaves in Egypt for years and treated terribly. They had cried out to God to save them, He had heard their cries and was now intervening on their behalf.
Since God had already revealed His plan to Moses, he could speak with boldness and tell the Israelites that God Himself would fight for them. He could tell them not to be afraid, because their current situation had been in God’s plan from the start.
The next morning Moses held up his rod and the waters of the sea parted, allowing the Israelites to cross to the other side on dry land. There were 2-3 million people, and they all crossed safely. But when the Egyptians started to cross, the water came back together, and every Egyptian soldier was drowned.
The Egyptians were involved in much idolatry. God was going to make them pay for their sin, but He also wanted to show them who the ONE TRUE GOD was.
So God wanted to show Egypt that He was the one true God; but He also wanted to show Israel what that one true God was capable of accomplishing. He wanted to show the Israelites his glory so they would never want to go back to Egypt again. They had it terrible in Egypt, but it was what they knew and had gotten to feel comfortable with, even if their living conditions were deplorable.
God has great things planned for your life, but if you are not careful you will want to stay in Egypt. Egypt is what you already know and what you can now see, even if it is a terrible place to be. God can see the whole picture and He knows what is best for you. All you know is what you can see now.
John 8: 15-16
Jesus said, “You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father.”
John 8: 23-24
Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms.”
Will you continue to stay in Egypt and be comfortable, but tied down to the mundane? Or will you trust God to use you in ways you never imagined? You can’t see the end result but God can!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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