“And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’ ” Exodus 14:13-14
Everything has gone just has God has said it would. Pharaoh has done exactly as God has foreseen and God himself has led the people as he has promised he would. Moses, Aaron and the children of Israel have had to do only two things, Listen to God’s Instructions and follow him as he led them.
Now the children of Israel are camped on the shore of the Red Sea. In front of them is nothing but water, rugged mountains block their way to the south, and behind them is the wilderness they’ve just crossed and coming across that wilderness is the Egyptian army, led by Pharaoh, in full pursuit.
The people’s response is panic and in their panic they blame Moses; they’ve yet to learn to acknowledge God’s leading in their lives and to have faith in him regardless of how things appear.
Moses has learned to have faith in God and he calls out to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
Friends, I believe that very soon God is going to deliver his people from this sin broken planet. The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation foretell that before that time Satan will rally the nations of this world to wage war on those that wholly give their loyalty to Jesus and demonstrate it by accepting his salvation and keeping his commandments.
The righteous have, like Noah before the flood, and Moses before the Exodus, sought to warn and prepare everyone for what God was going to do. Rather than looking to their own goals, and plans, and safety their sole focus is to know what Jesus is doing and to “follow the lamb wherever he goes.”
God’s leading took Israel to the sea where they witnessed God’s salvation as he parted the waters before them. God’s leading will take us to the place where we’ll look up and see our salvation coming as our Savior sends his angels to gather us to him in the sky.
Friends, God doesn’t call us to fight for the Gospel or his kingdom. His message is, “The Lord will fight for you.” We’re called to be witnesses, like Noah and Moses, and follow the Lamb as he calls his people to himself and prepares them to meet him when he comes.