Walking Into the Unknown
Verse 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.
We find the Israelites as they have just made a God directed loop back to make the Egyptians think that they were confused. This would make the Israelites look like weak, foolish and easy targets. And that was just when God chose to harden Pharaoh’s heart again.
After being slaves all their lives it must have been terrifying to see the Egyptians coming. They had finally gained their freedom and were now fearing losing it before even being able to enjoy it. At this point they show that they still don’t hold Moses as God’s leader for them. They cry out to the Lord and then get mad at Moses for dragging them into the dessert to be killed.
It didn’t take long for them to turn their back on the one who had helped free them. They didn’t know what God was up to and weren’t even looking to Him to get a glimpse of His plan. They could see their problems because they were looking behind them. How do we know they were looking back instead of forward? Because in the previous chapter we read, “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” (Exodus 13:21-22)
They were doing the same thing we tend to do, focusing on the issues in life instead of the God we are supposedly following. God didn’t promise all the details ahead of time. And sometimes, like in our study this week, it is so He can show His power in changing our circumstances. God had never made His will as clear, to such a large number of people, as He was during this exit and yet they were missing it because of their fear.
Fear of the unknown future can drive us back into the past and hold us from the blessings God is trying to lead us into. We need to remember where our focus needs to stay. On the One to whom nothing is unknown.
Making It Personal
Has there been a time in your life that you have taken your eyes off of God and started to feel like your world was spinning out of control? What does it take to refocus your attention on God and His guiding? Are you willing to refocus?
Making It Personal Kids
What is the easiest way of seeing something, looking at it or looking away from it? What do you need to do to focus on Jesus? Do you follow Jesus?
Father, please forgive us for the times we take our focus off of You. Father, please keep leading us in Your ways and help us remember to follow. In Jesus’ name, amen.