Hemmed In

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Have you ever felt hemmed in by your circumstances?  I have!

The Israelites knew all too well what it felt like to be hemmed in on all sides!

God led them to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon.  (Exodus 14:2)

Interestingly, God’s plan the entire time was to make Pharaoh think the Israelites were wandering around confused.  (Exodus 14:3)  All the while, God was positioning everyone in the perfect location for some serious victory to go down!  Woo Hoo

In Exodus 14:4 is says, “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them.  But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”

So imagine, you are hemmed in and God has hardened your enemies heart or placed you in circumstances that don’t fully make sense all because He has this plan.  A plan that works according to His will and is certain to bring Him glory!

Does that give you any better perspective on your circumstances?  It sure did me!

I hate it that I struggle with having faith in tough times, but I’m so thankful for God’s word!  His Word is alive and will always serve as the needed reminder for how faithful He is to work His perfect plan out in my life.  I need only be STILL!

The Egyptians – all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horseman and troops – pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.  As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there are the Egyptians, marching after them.  They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.  (Exodus 14:9-10)

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.  (Exodus 14:13)

Did you get that?  NEVER. SEE. THEM. AGAIN.

I love what Moses tell them next!

Exodus 14:14

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”

I think you know how this story goes, but for the sake my excitement…let’s see.

Exodus 14:15-18

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.  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.  I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horseman.  The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horseman.”

Exodus 14:21-25

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, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.  The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horseman followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.  He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving.  And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites!  The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horseman.”

Not ONE of them survived!!!

This passage of scripture has served as a healing balm to my heart over the last few weeks.  I’ve read and re-read this passage at least a half-dozen times.  Whatever your “enemy” is right now God is fighting for you and in ways we cannot see and I’m certain we will see His deliverance…we need only be still.

Kelli

 

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3 Comments

  1. Posted September 15, 2016 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Kelli, woohoo!! I am now battling cancer, and your devotion and the scripture fits my battle! Thank you!!

  2. Posted September 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    God’s timing is always perfect for us;) Cross that red sea girlfriend…God’s got this!

  3. Shelly Johns
    Posted September 26, 2016 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Excellent words of encouragement, Kelli. Thank you!

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