Tuesday, March 2, 2010

You Have Only To Be Silent

Right now we're reading through Exodus in our family Bible reading plan. We've just read through the beginning of Exodus where God calls Moses to appeal before Pharaoh for permission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, where they are enslaved to Pharaoh. Pharaoh continually promises to let them go and then goes back on his promises. God sent 10 different plagues to the land of Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to let His people go, the last being death to all of the first born males in the land of Egypt. Finally, the Israelites were released from Egypt. The first big obstacle they encountered was how to get across the Red Sea with Pharaoh in hot pursuit. And these are the words that came out of their mouths (spoken to Moses):

"Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better to die in the wilderness." Exodus 14:11-12

How quickly they forgot the pain of Egypt. I was struck by Moses' response to the Israelites.

"Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent." Exodus 14:13-14

We hold to this illusion of control in our lives, but it is simply that, an illusion. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. True then and true today. Amazing!

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