My mom preached this message at youth group this past summer. I asked her if she’d write down some of her notes from it, because this is something we all need to hear. You’ll enjoy this!
I think it’s safe to say that most of us like sports. We may play on a team. We may enjoy watching a friend or family member play. We may enjoy watching our favorite professional sports team. For me, it’s HOCKEY. I love to watch the Penguins! Did you ever notice how intense a game can be when you are in the middle of it? This is especially true of championship games. We are on the edge of our seat! Now contrast that with this: Have you ever watched a replay of a game where you already knew the outcome? You may enjoy the game but it definitely doesn’t have the intensity or the emotions it does when you don’t know how it ends. It’s that way with God. He can relax, be patient and enjoy the “game” because He already knows how it ends. We win!
One of the most intense times in the Word of God to me is when Moses and the children of Israel are before the Red Sea (Exodus 14). They have just won a great victory and were delivered from incredible bondage in Egypt. God told Moses where they should set up camp beside the Red Sea. (Take note of that, God set them right where He wanted them to be.) God warned Moses that Pharaoh would pursue them. And pursue them he did! The Bible says that Pharaoh took 600 choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them! When Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes and watched in horror as the entire Egyptian army marched towards them! Like always, the children of Israel were terribly negative, sarcastic and complaining. “Why didn’t you just leave us in Egypt? Did you bring us to the wilderness to die because there weren’t enough graves in Egypt?” Moses’ reply was awesome. “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” The movies we have seen on this account are definitely not accurate. It shows Moses lifting up his hands, the Red Sea immediately parting, the children of Israel running safely through on dry ground while the sea walls crash in on the enemy destroying them forever. The whole scene takes about 5 minutes. Not true. The real story is even better. The Angel of God moved from in front of Israel and went behind the camp of Israel. The pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. To the Egyptians, it was a cloud and darkness. To Israel it was a glorious fiery night light. It kept the camps from coming near each other all that night. How much sleep do you suppose the Israelites got that night? If they would have believed what God said, they would have known the end and would have had a very peaceful sleep! It took all night for the Red Sea to part and what a long night it must have been.
I laugh when I think of the next part of the story. The Words says that in the morning God “troubled the army of the Egyptians” by taking off their chariot wheels! I can imagine the expressions on their faces when wheels are popping off all over the place. I imagine God standing in Heaven motioning His hands like the leader of an orchestra and as He does, there goes another wheel! Once again, God won the victory!
God knows how it will all end. Not just with the world, but in your life as well. He’s got this! He can be trusted. Relax. Enjoy the “game” and trust the Master to pull you through victorious. Though the night is long, God is faithful. Step out of His way and watch Him work!