After the Israelites fled from Egypt, Pharoh and his army started to pursue the Israelites. The Israelites were frightened. They felt stuck and cried out to Moses. This was Moses’ response:
“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.” Ex 14:13-14
To move forward, all they had to do was to be STILL. God would take care of the details.
Some of us are stuck. The future doesn’t look good. The world looks like it is falling apart. There are many unknowns. When it feels too hard to move forward, we need to seek God’s kingdom first, leave bitterness behind and trust the Lord.
Seek God’s Kingdom First
In the hard times of life, it is easy to complain and to have self-pity. However, we need to take our eyes off ourselves and put them on God.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matt. 6:33
God lays out a way for us to live our lives:
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col 4:2
This is what our daily routine should look like! How much time have you spent with God this week? What if you are only seeing the Red Sea? Wait on God and watch how He will guide you.
We also need to develop a heart of gratitude. Be thankful for what God has done for you!
Leave Behind Bitterness
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Eph 4:31-32
Bitterness will destroy us! You can get rid of bitterness by being kind, especially to those you are bitter at. Be compassionate. Forgive! You will not become all God has called you to be if you are living in unforgiveness.
Trust in the Lord
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prov 3:5-6
Acknowledge God, even when you are facing the Red Sea! God needs to be number one in our lives. When He’s not, it is idolatry. When anything is more important than God, it is idolatry.
Pastor Brent painted a room for a family that just bought a new house. He started to smell something that didn’t smell good. He eventually figured out that their dog had pooped on his paint drop and Brent kept stepping in it and tracking it around the house. If we keep trying to do things ourselves, we’ll keep stepping in the mess! We must trust God!