Exodus 14:10-14 NIV As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. ..11.. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? ..12.. Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” ..13.. 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. ..14.. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
The Israelites were trapped between the Red Sea, the mountains, the desert, and the approaching Egyptians. Of course they were scared! They cried out to Moses, “Why did you bring us out to the desert to die?” But Moses shows unwavering faith, even before God gives him a plan (to part the Red Sea), Moses stands up and declares his faith in God’s ability to take care of things. He has total trust in God.
The Jewish people didn’t have that kind of faith, yet. They were spiritually immature and needed to put their faith in Moses – he was their liaison to God.
It was only after Moses showed that kind of faith that the people were willing to follow.
Are we willing to get out of the “control” business? Are we willing to quit trying to control our circumstances, surroundings, and relationships? I think, for the most part, we are not. We plead with God to take away our stressors and problems without any thought to the lessons that must be learned or the circumstances of the situation. We just want the paint to stop – at all costs. It may never occur to us, nor would we stop to consider that the painful situation we are in is a part of our schooling and character development.
Until we open ourselves to the possibility that God loves us more than we love ourselves, and that He has our best interests in mind, we may continue to repeat the same situations and painful circumstances over and over and over again.
We have to get out of the control business.
Dear Lord, open me to what you would like from me and to where I have to go.