Exodus 14:15-16, 31 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.” 15The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to move forward [toward the sea]. 16As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the sons of Israel may go through the middle of the sea on dry land.
22The Israelites went into the middle of the sea on dry land, and the water formed a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
26Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, on their war-chariots and their charioteers.” 27So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal flow at sunrise; and the Egyptians retreated right into it [being met by the returning water]; so the Lord overthrew the Egyptians and tossed them into the midst of the sea.
30The Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians [lying] dead on the seashore. 31When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, they feared the Lord [with reverence and awe-filled respect], and they believed in the Lord, and in His servant Moses.
Just like the children of Israel, God speaks to us today as He did with them. He wants us to trust Him when we are faced with the impossible or when He gives us instructions, direction on how to get to the other side, how to cross our red sea. God wants to bring you and I to a place of trust where all you have and need is Him.
So why is it so important to cross your red sea?
- What is your Egypt/struggle
- Identify your Egypt/situation/struggle. The struggle for the children of Israel was the oppression and abuse at the hands of the Egyptians. Exodus 1:8-11 now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land. Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. Is your struggle prolonged periods of unemployment, debt, addiction, unconfessed sin that’s keeping you bound in guilt and self-loathing? Somethings we don’t talk about it but the struggle is real.
- Can God provide a way out for you?
- Believe that God can give you a way out. He sent Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt. Exodus 3:10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” God gave us Jesus. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
- Are you willing to follow his instructions?
- YES! Following Gods instructions even though you may not understand it is a show of complete trust and dependence on God. His way is the only way not just the best way. Exodus 14:13-14 but Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.
(This entry is part of a sermon I preached in a class I took about sermon writing – preaching in a contemporary world) hope it blesses.