Last week we went to see the new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. I was bothered by how little it resembled the facts of the Biblical account and offended that God was portrayed as an evil child. I felt compelled to reread Exodus to be sure I retained the truth. This morning I landed in chapter 14 and was so encouraged by God’s presence as Israel faced the biggest battle of its history. As the Egyptian army was bearing down on them with nowhere to go, 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. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
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, 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.
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. He jammed the wheels of their chariots 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.”
Like the Israelites, I often fail to trust in God’s mighty power. I miss glimpses of him protecting me, fighting for me, and delivering me in everyday life situations. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” (vs. 14)