Can you remember a time when you felt hopeless?
Read // Exodus 14:1-14
“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.”
I love Tim Keller’s commentary on this passage:
“What does the Red Sea story account tell us about how to get out of bondage? The answer is this: crossing over by grace.
In verses 13 and 14, when Moses hears the Israelites crying out, this is what Moses says (and boy is this classic): “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance of the Lord, the salvation of the Lord.” He says, “Be still. The Lord will fight for you.” And actually, he says, “See, the deliverance of the Lord will bring you.”
Now, on the one hand, the principle of grace could not be clearer: Stand still. God’s going to do your fighting. Watch. You can’t do it. You can’t perform it. You can’t contribute to it. You’re not going to do a dog-gone thing about this deliverance; God is going to do the whole thing.
And when Moses says, “Be still and trust the God who will fight for you,” that comes close to Romans 4:5 which says, “And now to him who worketh not”—that’s being still—”but trusts the God who justifies the ungodly, to him his faith is credited as righteousness.” That sure comes awfully close. Be still. Don’t look at your works. Receive a complete salvation, done not by your works but by Christ’s work.”
How does your own faith journey parallel this story of the Israelite’s crossing the Red Sea?
Read more on this passage from Keller here: https://www.preachingtoday.com/sermons/sermons/2011/june/gettingout.html