Fearful Already?

Fearful Already?

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

13 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 13:10-14

The Israelites haven’t started their 40-year trek through the wilderness yet and here they are whining and grumbling. But Moses, deaf and naive to their complaints thus far, tried to encourage them.

To be fair, though, these people were on foot, unarmed, and unmatched for the mighty Egyptian army. But God was on their side. That’s always a consideration in any battle in any part of life really.

Moses said, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.”

That’s very similar to our battle cry, isn’t it?
Don’t be afraid.
Fear not.
Be still, my soul.

The fears are different but the message is still the same: God’s in control despite our lack of control of things around us. The sooner we burn that into our thick skulls, the fuller our life will be.

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