Go Forward – Fast 2016 – Day 11

Day 11 – Overtaken by Fear – 14:10

10a And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them, so they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.

 

Well, how quickly things change. Not saying that the Israelites did anything different than we would have done, but just what happened to their courage? You have to get the picture in your head in order to understand this verse. The Israelites were confident as God has led them thus far, but nothing much has really happened yet. They have been guided into a place nestled between some mountains and protected somewhat by the desert and the Red Sea. Feeling pretty safe in their situation they set themselves into battle lines and with courage prepared for the enemy they have by now heard that is on the way. All of this courage and preparation is of course until they actually see the enemy coming. But then…

Then they laid eyes on the enemy.

You know the feeling. All is great when you are sitting in the pews at church or as you read your favorite encouraging Bible verses. But then comes Tuesday (or whatever day it happens to be). All of the sudden the reality of the struggle for your soul becomes all too real as you first lay eyes on the enemy. Then the enemy’s opening salvo is a quick shot of fear right across the bow. The natural reaction is to look with your own wisdom, evaluate your chances of victory and then you must make a decision.

1) Cut and Run! The Word says that they were “very afraid.” Of course they were very afraid, what they were looking upon was one of the most frightening sights they have ever seen. They have known generations of the painful results of being held as slaves which always comes with forceful intimidation and oppression. Now those whom they were subject to have been angered. It seems that everything has just gotten worse.

2) Cry – and to add effect, cry like a little baby girl. Not to impugn any of you females but just to put a very vivid picture in your mind. They simply cried. Maybe they sat down in the sand and cried. Maybe they dropped their swords and cried. Maybe they just stood there and began to weep at the thought of utter defeat.

Because we know how this portion of the story ends we also know that their fear is unwarranted. Yet they stand and their hearts are quickly melting at the sight of the Egyptians. The point for today is that everything you see does not really mean sudden destruction and doom has descended upon you. We must come to the point that, based on our relationship with Christ, we know that the greater the battle before us the greater the opportunity for God’s power to be seen. Take a quick look at your battles and try to see the size of the deliverance of God in the details. And, oh yeah, no crying!


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