I'll be teaching the little monkeys tonight about this chapter so thought I'd might as well break from Job to fully wrap my head around it. Talk about a great chapter to be reminded about how futile self reliance can be. Even when it seems impossible that anything could be left after pouring out everything God steps in to replenish. I forget this daily.
In this chapter God tells Moses to go back and camp by the sea. This plan seems bizarre especially since they are supposed to be fleeing from Egypt not going back towards it. God reminds Moses that this is about God's glory being seen throughout Egypt and the rest of the world. I love how God plan for our lives is not always the most obvious or even the shortest route. He has so much to teach us along the journey to get us ready for the actual destination.
God's display of power at the parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of the Egyptian army was not just for Egypt it was for the Israelites to learn that God works in impossible situations. Pharaoh sent all his chariots and armed men in hot pursuit after the Israelites. To an unarmed people this had to be unnerving. They obviously had forgotten the miraculous signs of the plagues and the power that God displayed throughout Egypt. That is so like me though. I forget about the times when God showed up in the impossible in my life. This is where self reliance is truly futile. We are left most awestruck with God when the circumstances and situations in life are so stacked against us that only God can provide an answer.
I'm so disjointed with my thoughts right now. There's just so much packed into this one chapter. Love how later on in Israel's history the Lord tells Israel not to stock up on horses and chariots. These were major war machines back in the day and not stocking up seems crazy. Yet, through oral tradition the Israelites when willing to listen remember that even when faced against great obstacles like chariots God can still give His people great victory. It still always blow me away how God wants us to walk in ways that are completely contrary to the world. This rule breaker loves this!!
I'll end with this:
The lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:14 NIV)
Can't put into words how comforting this verse is to me. For so long I thought I needed to fight solo. I'm learning more and more that I need not fight at all, God will be my defender and protector. Now if only I could get this be still thing down.
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