S (Scripture): Exodus 14:10 When Pharaoh got closer, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians marching after them, and they were terrified. The Israelites cried out to the Lord, 11 and they said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the desert? What in the world have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone so that we can serve the Egyptians, because it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!’”
13 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord that he will provide for you today; for the Egyptians that you see today you will never, ever see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still.”
15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 And as for you, lift up your staff and extend your hand toward the sea and divide it, so that the Israelites may go through the middle of the sea on dry ground. 17 And as for me, I am going to harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will come after them, that I may be honored because of Pharaoh and his army and his chariots and his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I have gained my honor because of Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
O (Observation): God’s people…complaining. Imagine that.
Well, they had good reason to trust the Lord, and maybe good reason to doubt. As they left Egypt (and their slavery) behind, they thought they were finally done (once and for all) with those Egyptians. Imagine their surprise when they looked out and saw the Pharaoh’s army coming towards them…and in chariots! A frightening scene, indeed.
And even though the Israelites had good reason to doubt, they had more reason to believe in God. God just got through giving the 10 signs (plagues) to compel the Pharaoh to let God’s people go!
But God will provide yet another sign – the parting of the Red Sea.
A (Application): We have so much to see in this world. What we are mostly drawn to is negative. That makes for better headlines and drives revenue. Not only that, but we like to sit around and complain about things over which we have no control, and gossip. And as our lives are filled with these nonsensical conversations, we forget about the goodness of God.
When times are tough, we forget what God is up to. We forget that God gives us what we need, and some to share. We forget that God is constantly forgiving us, making us new…releasing us from our spiritual bonds to sin…
This renewal happens most clearly for us in our baptism. We are corrected and loved our whole life long. Kind of like in the show Undercover Boss : )
In Undercover Boss, the CEO of a corporation visits employees while in a disguise. The boss sees what is going on at various levels throughout the organization. Sometimes the employees are really good…and sometimes not so good. But in both cases, whether the employees are praised or corrected, grace and mercy are shown to the employees. When they need correction, the truth comes out…and the boss typically wants to help the employee, personally. When the employee simply needs a pat on the back, it usually comes in he form of a cash bonus.
We can hang on to the negative, or we can accentuate the positive – like in the Undercover Boss. We don’t have to gloss over the bad stuff, we can let God redeem the bad stuff through our brothers and sisters in Christ challenging us to see the good. And let God create the new Adam and Eve in us as part of our being made new, daily.
What is it that God needs to redeem in you? What parts of your life would God look at and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant?”
P (Prayer): Lord, encourage me in my strengths and make me whole in my areas of growth. Amen.