It hounds you as you sleep. It taunts you as you wake up. It pesters you throughout the day. Whenever you begin to rejoice, it rears its ugly head and reminds you of why you ought to quit smiling and start pouting.
It comes in various forms.
The doctor’s diagnosis.
The notice from the bank.
The report from the police.
The message from the boss.
It does not barge in but it does not fade away either. It’s just there…waiting… laughing… heckling.
Its name is FEAR.
Its mission is to cripple you. Its goal is to snuff out the hope in you. Its objective is to ground you for good.
This was what the Israelites felt as they found themselves in between two bad options — a raging Egyptian army behind them and a turbulent Red Sea before them.
But as they cringed in fear, Moses stood in courage as he said:
“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.” (Exodus 14:13)
So they stood there between two bad choices. Fearful but trusting. Anxious but hoping. Worried but believing.
And as Moses raised his staff, their hearts likewise rose with it as they saw walls of water stood on both sides of the dry ground. The sea parted before their very eyes and with one step it began their journey towards history. It began their journey towards perhaps the greatest miracle in the history of the chosen people next only to the coming of Christ.
You know what? What God did for them, He still does for us today. Yes, my friend, for you and me.
All we need to do is be still. Stand firm. Keep doing what’s right. Keep trusting. Keep believing.
Let God fight for you. Let Him part your “Red Seas” for you. Let Him deliver you to victory.
It’s fine to factor in your fear. But factor your faith in as well.
And when you do, stand still. You just might see your “Red Sea” parting right before you!