You can get past your past. When you let go and release your grip on some things in the past, then you can be happier in the present the way God wants you to be.
Abraham found himself in Egypt and did things against God’s will despite the plan and purpose God had put on his life. God had to force the situation to get him up out of Egypt and back on His plan and purpose. God sometimes has to force the issue to cause us to see and appreciate what He has done for us and look again at what He has planned for us. Our hope and faith is being put to the test because we are in uncharted territory. Masks, quarantine, isolation…this did not catch God off guard. What the enemy meant for evil, God will turn for good! You’ll never face a situation that God won’t provide a deliverer and a way out.
The children of Israel left Egypt through a route that was misunderstood and questioned. God doesn’t always send us on a course we understand. His ways will not always make sense to us. It may look like you are on a dead-end street with no way out. God will make a way when there is no way.
God hardened Pharaoh’s heart to force the issue and cause Abraham and the children of Israel to continue to depend on Him and that Pharaoh and his army would know that God is the Lord. This desert experience wasn’t about the children of Israel or about Pharaoh and his army. It was about God getting glory and honor.
Pharaoh changed his mind and questioned letting his slaves go free. He prepared his chariot and 600 more of his choice chariots and soldiers to pursue the children of Israel. The mightiest army of the land was in pursuit of God’s people. Pharaoh’s army camped around them in this place everyone saw as a dead-end street for them. The children of Israel cried out to the Lord and feared Moses had led them to their death. They questioned if they should have left Egypt and left the life they were living in bondage. They were exactly where God had led them!
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.
We will be overcomers. God will provide what I need to get through each day. God will provide what I need to get through THIS day.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
We don’t have to fight our battles. The One who stands beside us will fight our battles.
What God used to save the children of Israel was what drowned the army of Pharaoh.
The children of Israel had to let go of their life of bondage and the Egyptian way of life. It might be that through this economic slump and pandemic God is trying to free us of the ways of the world and the things we have been gripping. We have to release our grip on some things of this world and allow God to control our path and purpose.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelite’s to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.” 26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.”27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen–the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. 29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
*Exodus 14:1-3 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh will think, `The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.
*Exodus 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this.
*Exodus 14:6-12 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8. The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.9The Egyptians–all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops–pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.10As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD.11They 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?12Didn’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!”