“Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you…The Lord himself will fight for you.
You won’t have to lift a finger in your defense!'”
Exodus 14:13-14, NIV
God’s power does not operate until we move beyond the realm of our possibilities. As long as we can do it in our own strength, there is no need for God to display His power. We must move beyond the abilities of a watching world, which will never see the power of God. This feat is seen clearly in our text as the recently-freed, Hebrew slaves found themselves surrounded by impossibilities. Before them was a sea that could not be crossed. Beside them was a barren wasteland. Behind them was an enemy that desired to capture them and take them back to where they had been. In this difficult situation they had three options:
• They could go back.
• They could stand still.
• They could go forward.
For the children of God there is only one real option: Go forward! As we move forward under God’s direction and by His power, we must be careful. Around us are many roads that can only lead to defeat and death. Doctrinal deviation, isolation, cowardly compromise, and division are to be avoided.
Before us there is a future. There is a land that flows with milk and honey. This future is as bright and powerful as the promises of God that we find in Scripture.
QUESTION: What area of your life needs to move forward? What keeps you from claiming God’s promises?