I have a confession. I am an addict. I am addicted to food. You might want to educate me on how to choose healthy foods and show me some great exercises. And I thank you for that. But for me, that’s not an easy task. I am trapped in a cell. The door is open. I am free to walk out. But food keeps me in.
I have left the cell, many, many times. I have stayed away for weeks, months and sometimes even years. I ate nutritious food and reached a healthy weight. But that cell is always calling. It entices me with chocolate and other sugar filled treats and pulls me back in.
As the Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. – Exodus 14:10
The Isrealites were camped beside the Red Sea when the Egyptian army approached. It must have been a freightening site. Pharoah spared no soldier or chariot that night. His full army was charging right at them.
Trapped between the Egyptians and the Red Sea, they cried out to God. They panicked, certain this would be their last night.
Didn’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! Exodus 14:12
The Israelites said they wanted to go back. Why would they want to go back to being mistreated and beaten?
The road that leads to freedom is not easy, and it can be scary.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. - Exodus 14:14
The response Moses gave the Isrealites was short but reassuring, “Chill, God’s got this.”
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. Exodus 14:21
I don’t know if the Israelites felt the East wind as God was parting the sea. But we might feel the wind as God works on our behalf. We might feel it for an entire night or a several days. But we can rest during that time, because God is in the process of making a way. He is removing obsticles and opening doors we did not know exist.
We don’t need to do anything to help him. He can do it all on his own. We only need to stand on the sidelines and wait.
God wanted the Israelites to have a better life. He also wants us to have a better life.