I heard a great sermon this morning from a pastor (Brian Broderson) at my former church in Southern California — Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa — it was on a timely passage Exodus 14:13-15, which says:

13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” 15 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.

The context is Israel fleeing Egypt, with Pharoah and his army to their back; and the Red Sea to their front. The LORD led them into a spot where it seemed impossible, in fact humanly speaking was impossible. But look at what the LORD says through Moses to the people: “stand still,” “the LORD will fight for you.” The LORD is no different today, He often leads us into situations wherein it seems humanly impossible to get through; but this is only so He can show Himself faithful, so that we can see that He is not a man, but God . . . that nothing is too difficult for Him!

This perspective has been highly encouraging to me today, it places our current situation into a broader perspective; into the realization that the LORD is doing something that forces us to just “stand still” and know that He is God. We are pushed into the reality that unless the LORD fights for us right now we have no fight left in us . . . it’s either Him or no one; and ultimately this is a great (but uncomfortable) spot to be in. So the conclusion is that we are in a “Red Sea” situation, and unless the LORD parts it (and guards our backs at the same time) we’re in real trouble. Thankfully He is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and we are confident that at any minute — right as Pharoah seems to be on top of us — He will part the sea, and we will walk through this season onto dry land and the other side. And like Exodus 15 shows this will be a reason for great celebration and rejoicing, and we will, we will rejoice with all of you praising the LORD for His great salvation. For now we just stand, and we wait; and we find our sufficiency in His sustaining grace!

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