The Way to Your Victory!
When reading the 14th chapter of Exodus, we see that the Lord didn’t take Moses straight to the Promised Land, but He took them on a grand detour south towards the red sea. In chapter 13, which was the previous chapter, we read about the consecration of Israel’s firstborn and so on. In that chapter, the Lord officially became their God. In the 14th chapter of Exodus, the Bible gives us great insight into the mind of God.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi–hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal–zephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. V. 1-2
In this passage, God warned Moses and Israelites that the Egyptians would pursue them. However, God had an amazing plan, which was to show and display His power. He was about to show Israel how He was going to destroy Egypt. So, when the enemy comes don’t run away from him, watch the display of God’s power as He wipes out your enemies. No god would speak in such a manner as He did with Moses and He does with us.
For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, they are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. V. 3.
The reason Pharaoh pondered upon these things was because he was never mindful of the things of God and the Lord was going to use his ignorance against him.
And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so. And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? V. 4-5.
From here we see that everything that God said concerning what Pharaoh would do came to pass. We continue to read:
And he made ready his chariot and took his people with him: And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baal-zephon. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord. V. 6 10.
This passage contains a very important truth. In the first nine verses, we see the stage being set, God was preparing His people for the coming attack, but He wants you to enjoy it because the battle is His. God prepared them by telling them what was going to happen. As the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, they became greatly afraid. The reason is because they looked upon them with their natural eyes. But God’s plan was to show them what He was going to do with them; the battle is not ours, but it is the Lord’s. God already said what He was going to do with the enemy and He expects us to rejoice and have peace because He already spoke to us prior to the manifestation. The reason the Lord said this was because He doesn’t want you to be afraid when an intimidating scenario occurs. God doesn’t change, which means that His mind doesn’t either. His mind is to teach His children how to trust Him. So, the children of Israel cried out to God and God didn’t want to hear it. The children of Israel then complained to Moses despite the fact that the Lord just told them what was going to happen. We read:
And they said unto Moses, because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, then that we should die in the wilderness. V. 11-12.
When God see’s this it almost abominable, we need to believe the Lord and trust Him. God speaks to us swiftly and often, with kindness because our mind has to understand that our heart needs to be believe.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. And the Lord said unto Moses, wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. V. 13-16.
If you can picture the scenario, God was dividing the sea while simultaneously holding back their enemies.
Let’s read verse 21-24; 27-30.
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud and troubled the host of the Egyptians.
And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus, the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
When God deals with your enemies, He wants to get you involved and make you a great witness of the war between Him and the devil. Many times, we don’t understand why we go through certain things, yet during that time God is punishing our enemy. At times it seems like the devil has us cornered on every side but remember he will never succeed because God will get you involved and take drastic measures against the devil. Remember that in every trouble you are covered by His grace and glory. The Lord will never allow you to be exposed to the enemy. When you go through tough times it is a display but it is not the end so don’t give the devil a foot and let him discourage you. The time will come when we will see the greatest display of God’s power at the end of the age when the Lord will ultimately destroy Satan, the beast and the false prophet. This is what the Lord does with our enemies. Many of you have been on the verge of death, but the Lord is always there watching over you and He want permit you to be tempted with more than you can bear. The battle belongs to God and not you. The sooner you learn to trust the Lord, the sooner you will see the victory.
We see the same message displayed in the life of Paul the Apostle. When Paul was on a Roman ship heading to Rome, a tempest arose the Roman crew was forced to land the ship in Malta. While in Malta, the Apostle Paul was bitten by a venomous snake. While everyone expected him to die, it actually didn’t harm him. The wonder put fear in the inhabitants of the island and they eventually came to the faith because God used a plan of the enemy for His purpose. With that said, have the mind of God and see an attack of the enemy as an opportunity for God to display His power!