Reading: Exodus 14: 19-31
Verse 31: When the people saw the great power the Lord displayed… the people put their trust in Him.
In today’s passage the Israelites experience the final detachment from Pharaoh and his army. Fear and doubt has again suddenly consumed the Israelites. They even uttered to Moses, “It would have been better for us to serve in Egypt than to die in the desert” (Exodus 14:12). Moses told them to stand firm and see the deliverance of the Lord. Trust – trust in God.
God does indeed deliver Israel! The angel and pillar of cloud form a protective barrier and God parts the sea. The Israelites cross over on dry land but when the Egyptians follow God stalls them out and the waters return. Verse 21 records, “Not one of them survived”. What the people saw as a huge situation that quickly led to doubt and fear, God saw as an opportunity to deliver His people. God intervened on their behalf to save His chosen people, whom He dearly loves.
God had led them out of slavery and had even blessed their exit. He had guided them to this point, yet fear and doubt rose up quickly. God’s mighty act of deliverance in the Passover was still very fresh in their minds, yet they quickly abandoned their faith. We too can be much like the Israelites. We can walk in close connection with God for days and days or even for years and something arises that makes us question or doubt and our faith almost evaporates. The doubt or fear or anxiety or whatever quickly dominates our thoughts. And then God still steps in and begins to work in our situation and delivers us too. We look back and wonder why we ever questioned, why we doubted, why we didn’t just continue to rely on God.
The Israelites are delivered! It was a powerful experience of God’s might. Verse 31 tells us, “When the people saw the great power the Lord displayed… the people put their trust in Him”. This too is an experience like the Passover, one they will tell over and over down through the generations. Our experiences with God delivering us can be such moments as well. May we also remember when God was present and acted in our lives, so we can retell and retell the story so that our faith and trust grows and grows. God is ever present in our lives. May we live into this more and more each day.