Further Reflections: Exodus Deliverance — Jennifer Howington

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you…”  Exodus 14:13-14

Nik Wallenda is a world renowned acrobat, attempting feats never seen before.  He is best known for his high-wire performances, done without the use of safety nets.  Nearly three years ago, on June 15, 2012, he crossed over Niagara Falls with a tightrope the only firm object between him and the raging waters below.  This was the first time in his life he had ever worn a safety net.  How did Nik take that first step for the very first time?  Do you ever wonder what gave him the courage to keep walking?  Although Nik’s feats are amazing, they pale in comparison to what God can do with a simple step of our faith.

Have you ever experienced a time in your life where you were at an impasse, a place in your life where you felt that you had no way out, were at a standstill or deadlock?  Life can be full of twists and turns, as the Israelites were all too familiar.  They were used to a life of slavery under Pharaoh.  However unpleasant that was, that was their norm.  God had other plans and sought to deliver His people from their oppression, to a new life.  Were they willing to take that step of faith?

I often wonder how the Israelites felt when they followed Moses out of Egypt, only to find the Red Sea in front of them, and the Egyptian army behind them.  They were at an impasse with no way out.  They were in a state of panic, fearing their ultimate demise.  Was this what God had planned for his people?  The plan looked pretty bleak in that moment UNTIL God delivered them in ways that they could have never imagined on their own.

Think for a moment the spectacle the Red Sea parting must have been.  I am confident that the Israelites did not see that miracle coming.  God literally unfolded the waters and delivered his people on dry land, fully protected, shielded from the torrential waters.  Stop for a moment to marvel at God’s power to even do that!  Now put yourself in the position of the Israelites.  What was it like to take that first step?  Certainly it took some measure of faith.  No one had ever crossed the Red Sea before on dry land.  Maybe there was some in that crowd who tested the dry ground with their toes, cautiously seeing if it was safe to take that first step?  Or maybe, others jumped in with both feet, willing to trust God no matter what?  Some probably waited for another to be the first to cross, while some carelessly darted across to the other side.  No matter the reaction, the truth is that God delivered and He provided a way.  This impasse was not an impasse for God.

God can provide a way for you too!  What impasse are you facing today that seems impossible?  What roadblock do you keep running into, plagued by frustration?  Our ways are not God’s ways; He can deliver and He will deliver!  You can trust that promise by taking that first step of faith, trusting that God is in full control and He is able to deliver us!

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