Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No Longer Slaves - Verse 5

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
And I could stand and sing

All the previous verses led up to the climax of the song. Let's visit Exodus 14 where the Egyptians are pursuing the Israelites. They are hot on their heels and the Israelites are whining and asking Moses why he didn't just leave them in Egypt to serve the Egyptians. What? Serve the Egyptians?

The Egyptians "ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves." Exodus 1:13-14 They were so broken in spirit, they didn't even listen to Moses when he spoke to them. Exodus 6:9

I have been there, so afraid of what was ahead that I desperately wanted to go back to what the Lord had delivered me from. As crazy as it sounds, it happens! We whine, we complain and we ask God to change His mind. "Undo Your perfect plan and please let me go back to my painful past where I was comfortable," we mutter. What is wrong with us? FEAR, that's what!

Then Moses does something historical and prophetic, he says, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14) Then the Lord instructs Moses to tell the people of Israel to go forward. He hardened the Egyptians hearts, so they would pursue them and in a moment the Lord split the sea behind the Israelites and swallowed up the Egyptians, so that they would know He was Lord and He would get glory over Pharoh. Their fear of an unknown future, being captured and being brought back into slavery was swallowed up in His perfect LOVE.

That was a long time ago, but it is not so different for us. Our Red Sea is ahead of us and if we give up prematurely we might miss it. The Lord knows who or what is pursuing us and He may choose to harden their hearts, for His glory not our misery. Can we trust, wait and hope for His deliverance of perfect LOVE?

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