1And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
5 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?
10 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.
12 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, than that we should die in the wilderness.
13 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.
20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
Not sure if Moses’ words in verse 13 and 14 were before the Lords’ response but it is telling either way. If Moses was speaking to the people before hearing from God then I can completely relate. He seems to be a leader in charge in telling the people what is about to happen, yet inside he is crying out for help from the Lord.
He was a man who was getting a thrashing from both sides:
From Egypt – God had seemingly lead them into trap. They were boxed in and there seemed no way of getting out of this situation. He and the people could probably see the large cloud of dust getting closer as well as hearing the horses and the yelling from their captors.
From the people of Israel – They had seen the wonders of God in Egypt but now their anger towards Him and their situation was aimed at one man who had led them into certain death.
It would seem that all through his empowering speech, Moses was crying out to God.
God had one message for him:
“Why are you crying to me? Stop praying and MOVE!”
The hardest thing for us to do sometimes is to stop praying about a situation and get to moving. Especially when the Lord has already given us our marching orders. In a time of getting things now and as quickly as we want we have developed short attention spans and our trouble comes from that most of the time because usually the command comes long before the trouble starts and we tend to lose faith, especially when times are harder than we expected or the Lords’ plans don’t line up with what we thought.
Our goal must be to follow the pillar in our lives. We must learn to follow Christ and discern when to stop and pray and when to move, just as Israel were learning with the cloud and fire.
Why did the Lord box in His children?
1. To see His power
We will never know the power of God until we have exhausted our own strength in trouble
2. To experience His presence
No matter what the situation or trouble we find ourselves, even when the Lord is silent and we can’t feel Him, He is always working behind the scenes and we eventually feel and see what He is doing.
3. To show His preeminence
The world will see God through the outcome of your situation. It might mean loss in some way, it might be uncomfortable, but those in the world will see God through your walk with Him. Remember we exist for God, He does not exist for us. If He leads you He will protect and provide for you.
It may not be the way you would think but His way is always the perfect way