III. NOW THE SITIUATION IS GOING TO CHANGE.
ISRAEL SO FAR HAS HAD
NO REAL TEST OF FAITH. THEY HAVE BEEN TRAVELING FOR 3 DAYS IN THE
WILDERNESS, ENJOYING THEIR FREEDOM, ENJOYING THE SPOILS OF THE
EGYPTIANS, AND ENJOYING THE GUIDING PRESENCE OF THE LORD.
a. Now God reveals something to Moses: vs.14:4.
Why would a good and loving God; one that just arranged the release of the Israelites; suddenly change His mind and have Pharaoh now come after them? Haven't the poor children of Israel had enough. Why would God allow this evil?
We need to stop here and learn three very important lessons:
1. God has a perfect right to use us in any way He chooses. He is sovereign; we belong to Him.
2. The trials we go through are to teach us something. We are then the direct object of the trial.
3. Some of the trials that we go through are to teach someone else something. Then we are the indirect object of the trial, or the means which God uses to show His glory.
God's purpose here was to show the Egyptians that He alone was God. EGOAMIN JEHOVAH ELOHIM - I am the Lord.
b. Now Pharaoh assembles a great army. vs.6-8
IV. NOW THE IRSRAELITES HAVE A FULL BLOWN CRISIS ON THEIR HANDS. 14:10
a. Imagine yourself in this situation: 600 chariots charging after you! The noise, the dust, the fear in your heart.
b. Now realize the situation that they were in: On one side was the Red Sea. On the other side, the Egyptians. There was no way out. They were literally trapped, or so it seemed.
(Have you ever felt this way? Trapped?)
V. NOTICE THE REACTION TO THE CRISIS:
a. What was the first thing they did? They cried out to God. That was good. But they didnt stop there. (They were gripped with fear.)
b. The next thing they did was to immediately look for someone to blame for their trouble. It is easier to turn fear into anger than to keep trusting God to deliver you.
They turned their anger on Moses.
When we are faced with a real crisis, we can do one of two things: we can choose to trust God, or we can do what the children of Israel did: turn on God. (because we have lost faith)
"We told you so." (vs.12)
"We shouldn't have tried, it was a dumb idea."
"This God business isn't worth all this trouble."
Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever been so frustrated or scared that you just wanted to shake your fist at God and quit?
The children of Israel very quickly forgot all of the things that God had just done for them, and they were only in the wilderness three days!
VI. HOW TO HANDLE A CRISIS PROPERLY. vss. 13-15
a. Fear not.
b. Stand still, or stand firm. (in faith)
c. Let God fight for you, hold your peace. (or don't worry)
d. Go forward in faith.
When the children of Israel went forward in faith, completely trusting the Lord, believing that He would provide deliverance for them.
GOD PERFORMED THE MIRACULOUS: HE PROVIDED A WAY OUT FOR THEM:
HE OPENED THE RED SEA.
HE ALTERED REALITY.
He will do the same thing for you today.
When faced with a crisis, don't faint with fear, don't shake your fist at God, but:
Stand firm in your faith, hold your peace, trust God, and walk forward, letting Him make a path for you.
Copyright (c) 1996 Dr. William R. Hansen All rights reserved