As I was reading through the book of Exodus, I saw something that I have read many times, but it seemed as though I had never seen it before. Moses is leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, and now they are facing a problem. The Red Sea, before them, keeping them from moving forward and the Soldiers of Egypt closing in behind them. It seems there is no way out for Moses and the people. The people easily recognize they are in a dire situation. There is no escape. As the army is coming, the Bible says that the Israelites were “terrified and cried out to the Lord.” As terrified people do, they began to complain: “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 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 14:11-12) Moses told them, “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.”
Do you believe regardless of how difficult the circumstances of your life today that God is for you? Are you confident that God will make a way where there seems to be no way? There comes a moment for all of us when in a great difficulty that we must trust God, we chose to rely upon Him even when we are afraid and see no way out.
The verse that spoke to me today is the 21st verse:21 “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. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.”
I am so familiar with this story that it seemed I never noticed the phrase “all that night.” God was working for His people throughout the night. They knew Pharoah was coming after them, and the sea was in front of them, but now something was taking place. God was working all night on their behalf. All night! In the dark, God was working. When they were not able to see all that He was doing, God was working.
In the darkest hours of our lives, when we feel vulnerable and alone, God is working. When there appears no route of escape, God is working. Right here and right now, God is working. I have been both encouraged and challenged regarding a couple of areas that I am asking for God’s assistance, and at times I am left to wonder is God working, and will I make it through? God is working behind the scenes, and even in the ensuing darkness, He is at work on my behalf.
Today take heart and like Moses and the people in the wilderness, stand still, trust God and know that He is working through the night, and His will shall be accomplished.
Be encouraged! He is working! Even when it is dark, and I cannot see Him, I know He is working!