Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again. God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!” (Exodus 14:13, 14 MSG)
When God’s people cried out to God, it was God who made the arrangements for Moses to deliver them, to take them out of slavery, to deal with hard-hearted Pharaoh. When God’s mighty hand delivered the tenth plague (death of all firstborns including Pharaoh’s) which made Pharaoh decide to let the Israelites go, the Israelites finally made their way out of Egypt. Happy ending immediately?
No. When Pharaoh realized the Israelites were gone, he changed his mind and got his army together and took six hundred of his best chariots with the rest of the Egyptian chariots and drivers (Ex 14:5-7) to go after the Israelites.
As the Israelites approached the Red Sea in front of them and saw Pharaoh’s powerful army coming from behind them, they were totally afraid. (10-12) An understatement. Do you sometimes feel trapped in between two undesirable choices? Are you afraid? What is your Pharaoh and Red Sea today?
In terror, the Israelites blamed Moses for taking them out from Egypt and started grumbling. They were limited by the panic-worthy sight of insurmountable circumstances surrounding them. They were sure they were doomed and there was no way out. The prospect of going back to their comfort zone of slavery seemed more attractive to them at that point.
Thus, Moses spoke: Ex.14:14 God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!”
And God, the Promise-Keeper, kept His promise. He fought His people’s battle. The Red Sea opened up so that the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground but by the time they all crossed to safety and the Egyptians had followed suit, the waters returned, drowning all of the Egyptians. What an amazing milestone in the life of God’s people.
And today, for a child of God who is caught in between some type of Pharaoh and the Red Sea, God’s word is that He will fight our battle. But we need to keep our mouths shut.
Stillness and quietness are not the usual natural impulses in the state of panic, anger, worry, or fear. And there is wisdom in being quiet as in such emotional state, what good can come out of our mouths anyway if it is not led by the Spirit? This is a great reminder for me to put reverence into what I let my mouth utter for there is power in the words we declare. We need to speak life and faith into our circumstances, and declare words according to God’s will, that He is at work, that He is faithful, that He will deliver us, that we always have hope in Him, that He is going to cause everything to work for our good.
Matthew 12:36-37 (MSG) Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
Lord, today I declare that You are more powerful than any negative situation I can find myself in. I declare Your goodness, faithfulness, all-knowing wisdom, and limitless power in working out my situation for my good. I wait in expectation to see You fight my battle. Help me to keep my mouth shut and be still. I praise You for what You are doing in my life in Jesus’s name amen.