Have you been looking down the wrong end of an impossible situation lately? Trusting God in hopeless situations is easier said than done. Hope. That one word has carried me through so much. Hope in Christ because I have seen that God can fix anything. Today we will see that God saves us or delivers us. That promise means you can start trusting God when it looks impossible to be still and not fear.
The Context of Exodus 14:13 – Do Not Fear God will deliver you (save you)
“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.” Exodus 14:13
We’ve already seen part of this passage in our series – Be Still my anxious mind, God will fight for you – Exodus 14:13.
Be Still (don’t complain or worry about the real enemy in front of you) because God will fight for you. And we’ve already noted that this looked like an impossible situation from a human perspective.
Some things to know about the context of Exodus 14:13:
- The Israelites had done nothing wrong.
- God caused this impossible situation.
- Moses was told some of the details, but we don’t see him communicate them to the people.
- The Egyptian army was fierce and angry.
- Without God to save them, this was an impossible situation for Isreal.
Observations from Exodus 14:13 – Do Not Fear God will deliver you (save you)
I still get stuck on the point that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, stirring him to change his mind and attack Isreal. My mind sees that and wonders why God would put Israel through the fear and chaos of this attack after everything they have already been through.
Hard Truth: God’s Ways and Plans are Mysterious
This is one of the countless examples of impossible situations in the bible. We see God acting in Justice to deal with the pride of Egypt after God had been with them and saved them through Joseph.
Something else that catches me off guard about God is His Jealousy and Majesty. You see, God is showing off for His people and sowing fear into the surrounding nations. God is glorified as He performs a miraculous spectacle no one had ever imagined possible!
The Israelites were asking God to do the impossible
Impossible Situation: The Egyptian army was close and there was nowhere to hide and no way across the Red Sea. God tells them “Do Not Fear; See God save You… be still” And God saved them.
What is your Impossible Situation?
Today I write this from bed, sick and so tired. I’ve been sick for going on three years now. They throw a diagnosis around from time to time but say Chronic to cover for the fact that it won’t go away. Chronic Illness looks impossible to me.
Application of Exodus 14:13 – Do Not Fear God will deliver you (save you)
Yes, God works in impossible situations. Sometimes He causes or allows them for His purposes. I want to look at this from another perspective for a moment.
What happened as a result of God delivering Israel through this impossible situation?
Israel saw God in a new light. Fear or reverence for God grew all through the land. God’s people saw the fulfillment of a promise. Do Not Fear for I will save you (deliver you, fight for you).
It’s one thing to know that God works in impossible situations with your head. You can read Bible Verses that say “nothing is impossible with God” (or “with God all things are possible”), hear testimonies of God doing the impossible, and all that’s great.But Y'all it's another thing to see God fight your impossible situation with your own eyes. Every time I see God move mountains my faith grows in huge ways! Click To Tweet
Have you seen God work and move in your life?
Listen, I know God can do the impossible because I’ve seen Him do it in my life! I’ve watched God transform my own life into something beautiful from a Hot Mess!
One area was in trusting God to restore my marriage. I mean an impossible marriage restored… LOL, I can’t even say restored because that would imply it was ever good. Our Marriage was a mess from the beginning. Today it is something amazing, nothing like the dysfunctional, one-sided, divorce destined thing it was. God restored it to His design (not perfect for sure but on the right track finally)!
Trusting God in the face of impossibilities grows faith like little else.
When you see scriptures on trusting God like this it stirs something inside of you to look within and see where you rely on God or yourself.
I love this from Stormie Omartian on When We Must Trust God to Work Everything Out for Good Here.
Final Thoughts on Exodus 14:13 – Do Not Fear God will save you
Are you in a hopeless situation today?
Trusting God in tough times and trusting God when bad things happen is so hard. But we see that being still is about trusting God day by day no matter what situations come at us.
And Y’all, we can claim His Promise (that God will save you, deliver you, and fight for you) as we stand believing God for the impossible.
A Prayer to be still and not fear because God will deliver you, save you and fight for you.
Jehovah Tsaba, our Mighty Warrior,
Thank you for the promise that you will save me, you will deliver me from trouble, you will fight for me. I want to lay my fear down at your mighty feet. Help me to be still, to stop complaining about my impossible situations, stop worrying about them more than I pray about them.
Today I give You glory for all the impossible situations You’ve fought for me in recently. Thank you God for my husband and all that You have changed and redeemed in our marriage. I pray for trust in God’s plan for my life no matter what that includes. Father, if the sickness is Your plan for my life I trust You.
Take this life, a living sacrifice, surrendered fully for You to use as You please.
*How do you trust God when it looks impossible? How can I fully trust God? Does God allow us to make mistakes? What am I doing wrong God?
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