God knew that freeing Israel would be a process. To physically release them was easy, but, to change the mentality of slaves into free people could take a lifetime. After watching God do the amazing miracles of the plagues, the people should have been confident that he was delivering them, and nothing or no one could prohibit that deliverance. But, let the first little thing go wrong…
Ok, well the invasion of the entire Egyptian army with chariots and soldiers may not be a little thing to the average freed slave, but to God—it was the same as the frogs. It was simply another opportunity to protect his people and show the world they serve an amazing God. It forced the people of Israel to move out of the comfort zone of the seaside camp and march on into an impossible situation—walking through the Red Sea. In modern parlance—it was a faith building exercise.
In our lives, we see many events where God has freed, saved, enhanced, healed or delivered us from sort of slavery or entrapment. Even after the countless reprieves and miracles, when a little thing like the onslaught of a foreign invader comes along, we forget that God has and can handle it–if we will simply step out of the way and allow him to lead. In his mind, the size of the obstacle and the urgency of the obstacle are irrelevant—he simply wants us to trust and humbly follow. Whether the journey is across a street or an ocean—God remains “Large and In Charge!”
God Bless You
They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”