Going forward

God had already told the Israelites through the mouthpiece of Moses that He would deliver them from the hands of the Egyptians.

The Lord had a plan that would not only free His people but destroy His enemies. In His timing and in His way, God would receive all of the glory of their deliverance.

But in Exodus 14:11-12, we see doubt and fear begin to creep into the hearts of the Israelites. They had already been released from the bondage of their captors in Egypt, but when they met with obstacles they hadn’t been expecting, uncertainty and moaning began to darken their hopes.

Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, “Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 

Fear destroys faith, while faith destroys fear. Whichever we choose to live in and walk by will determine the course of our lives.

More often than not, things don’t go the way we planned. Doors shut for unexpected reasons and seasons change. But God doesn’t. Hebrews 13:8 assures us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

When God promised to bring His children to the Promised Land, He wasn’t just saying that to get them to listen to Him and obey His voice. No, He actually had set aside a land “flowing with milk and honey” uniquely for them. He had a plan and a purpose. But in the face of opposition and discomfort, the people forgot His goodness.

Exodus 14:15 tells us the Lord’s response to the people’s complaining:

WHY ARE YOU CRYING OUT TO ME? TELL THE SONS OF ISRAEL TO GO FORWARD.

We may not understand every single thing we are met with, and we don’t always know what our next steps will look like. But we’ve got to develop our faith and stop giving up and turning back when life gets tough. James 1 tells us to find joy in the midst of trials because it gives us an opportunity to develop in endurance.

We can’t keep saying we want God’s will and we want to grow in our relationship with Him when we throw in the towel at the first sign of struggle. Today, let’s make the choice to trust in Him and to go forward.

If He has pressed something on your heart and if He has called you to a purpose in Him, walk in the faith that He will open the right doors at the right times. But that means we must be willing to walk by faith, and not by sight. By what He’s said, and not what we feel.

Amen.

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