Imagine finally tasting freedom, carrying what few possessions you have and getting out of the only home you ever knew, following blindly to a land that is promised to you but you have never seen; and then looking back over your shoulder only to see an entire army coming after you. What a punch to the gut.
That is what is happening to Israelites after God has hardened the heart of Pharaoh again. Behind them an army is closing in and in front of them vast waters.
The Israelites then start questioning Moses, (verse 11) “was it only because there were not enough graves in Egypt, now we are to die here in the desert?”
13 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
But watch how God responds.
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
There is a time to be still but when there is a battle approaching it is the time to move. When that feeling of entrapment, fear, loss, and utter failure start to creep in and you have been calling out and crying and praying for God to come and help. Maybe it is during that time that God is waiting on you to move. You to make that step in the direction he has been pointing you and then He will open the waters for you to walk through.
We as Christians are going to come upon some times where we are going to look ahead and see nothing but a vast sea before us and no where to go and look behind and see nothing but trials and hardship approaching. In those times it is when we need to trust God the most and step out in faith, trusting that he will clear the path for us. God not only opened up the sea and they walked on dry land but he also had an angel behind them and the cloud of smoke behind them.
He is an amazing and loving God, one who wants to protect and lead us, even when we feel as if we are wandering around lost, He is still going before us, we just have to be willing to step out in faith.