Stand Still and Watch God Work!

Hebrews 11:29

29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
 
The crossing of the Red Sea was not just the final step in delivering the children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt, it was an illustration of God’s power in the middle of our circumstances. With the armies of Egypt behind them and the Red Sea in front of them the situation seemed hopeless and it would seem that they were right where Pharaoh wanted them. However it was God who had led them to these shores and He was about to do something amazing by delivering His people and destroying their enemies which just so happened to be one of the most powerful militaries in the world at that time.  “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14
 
There are many different lessons we can take away from the Faith of Moses on this day, but for now I want to just focus on three of them:
 
1. When we see obstacles, God see’s opportunities!
The promised land was right in front of them, but there was a lot of water in the way without a boat to be seen. To make matters worse there was not chance of retreat. Have you ever been there? You have followed Christ to the shore of some impossibility and now you are questioning God’s leading in your life. It is at those times that we take the advise of Moses and simply Be still and watch God do something amazing in our lives!
 
2. We can focus on the problem, or focus on God!
There is no doubt that there were problems for these people, at-least on a vertical plane. The people murmured, asking Moses if he had led them there because there weren’t enough graves in Egypt! They focused on the problem that they were not strong enough to overcome. Moses said it was the Lord who would fight for them this day! Keep your eyes on Him! Much of our lives are determined by what we choose to focus on and when we choose to Focus on God and his power, the problems in front of us don’t seem quite so big anymore!
 
3. God will work powerfully on our behalf, but He often asks for our obedience first.
God told Moses to tell the children of Israel to keep moving forward! And Moses had to step in front of them, in the sight of all these people and lift up the rod and watch God divide the sea. It didn’t make any sense. This had never been done before. He had a choice to make. To step out in faith and watch God work, or doubt His word. Moses had seen God do many things, but this was HUGE! But regardless of all human reasoning he chose to obey God and step out! Maybe today God is asking you to keep moving forward and watch Him work!
 
Today, as we ReFocus our hearts and minds on Christ lets choose to see the opportunities that God has placed in front of us as moments that can grow our faith as we obey Him. Remember, it is not our reputation that is at stake. He is the one who gets all the Glory as we follow Him in faith and watch Him part the seas in front of us!
 
 

 



Our Passover

Hebrews 11:28

28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

The judgement of God had been on the Egyptians for a while now. Moses had come to Pharaoh and gave the message that God wanted His people freed. According to Exodus 5:2 Pharoah’s answer was, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.” The Egyptians worshiped many different god’s, the chief of which was Pharaoh himself. So the True God began to rain judgement on them through sending plagues. Each one was an attack on one of their god’s to show their impotence and God’s power. 
 
The final Judgement showed the true powerlessness of Pharaoh himself as God took the life of each firstborn from the poorest Egyptian home to the palace of the so-called god-king himself. The only exception was for those who obeyed God’s word, sacrificing a lamb and spread the blood on the doorpost of the home. Only then would God’s judgement passover their home and spare those inside. 
 
This sacrifice was instituted as a yearly sacrifice for the nation of Israel as each family would bring a spotless lamb to sacrifice in remembrance of this night. Then when Jesus Christ came as the final passover lamb, this picture of God’s grace in sparing those who have placed their faith in His word was completed on the cross. Today as we look back on Calvary we see the Lamb, slain in our place so the judgement of God would passover us. Just as Moses placed his faith in God’s requirement to be spared from this plague, we also must place our faith in God’s word as we look to Christ in faith as our sacrifice. 
 
Today as we ReFocus our hearts and minds on Christ, let us stand with Moses in faith looking to our passover, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us! (1 Cor 5:7)


Forsaking All Others

Hebrews 11:27

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
 
When my wife and I were married, we made a vow to each other. In that vow both of us made this statement, “Forsaking all others as long as we both shall live”. This was a point in both of our lives where we determined to focus only on each other and abandon all relationships that threatened to come in between us. For a marriage to be successful, they must know that they are exclusively the others as long as they draw breath in this world. We have decided that no temptation will ever draw our love and devotion away from the other.
 
Moses had grown up in the royal family in Egypt. He had enjoyed the riches and notoriety of princedom. But when he chose to follow God, scripture says that he forsook all of this. For Moses Egypt, in all of its wealth, paled in comparison to the blessings of a life spent in service to God. From the time he left Egypt to the day of his dying breath, I find no place in scripture where he desired to return to the life he had abandoned. He forsook all others for a close and intimate relationship with the God of the universe.
 
In our walk with Christ we must have the same devotion in our lives. In scripture, Egypt is a picture of this world and when we call out in faith to Christ for salvation we begin a relationship with Him that is much stronger and deeper than any other. We repent of our sinful state, essentially forsaking the world and the person we used to be, and we place our love and devotion on Jesus. And when temptation comes we must determine that what it offers us in temporary sinful pleasures pales in comparison to a closer and deeper relationship with our redeemer. 
 
Today as we ReFocus our hearts and minds on Christ, let us examine our relationship with Him. Ask yourself, have I truly forsaken all that this world has to offer for a relationship with Christ, or is there something in this world that you are still holding on to? May we determine to Love Christ while Forsaking all Others, looking toward that blessed promise of an eternity spent in His presence!