Fear Not the Oppressors

Exodus 14:13  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again NO MORE forever.   (KJV)

Moses is God’s leader of the Hebrew people (also known as the Israelites or the Jewish nation). Moses is also God’s spokesman to deliver the fear not message.  Moses tells them to FEAR NOT but to stand still.  Really, stand still with Pharaoh’s Egyptian army chasing them down?  Moses you have got to be kidding!  Are you sure you heard right?  Ummmmm, could you double check with God and make sure you got that correct? And HURRY!

Deliverance comes from God when we are obedient.  It is my experience that the Lord often asks us to do the exact opposite of what seems rational.  In this case, He is saying stand and just watch!  Moses tells the people, God will show you salvation–rescue, relief, deliverance.

What am I afraid of?  

Loss

Loneliness

Lethargy

This is not what I wanted to read today!  Why?  Because the Lord has been telling me to “BE STILL and BE QUIET,” and He will take care of my “oppressors.”  This is NOT EASY people!  Everything in me wants to take up arms and fight one minute and run away and hide the next.   I hate confrontation!

Fear comes from doubting He will do what He says He will do.  The LORD did not reveal how the  Egyptians would be removed from their sight.  He just simply stated they would not be seen anymore after TODAY!   I personally wish the LORD had given me a time frame!!!  As my sweet Mamma often said, “You can do anything for 24 hours.”

So the question for today is:  Can I (you) learn to trust when it is unknown how long it will be before God moves?  

Only if I stop worrying about tomorrow.  Max Lucado wrote that worry “is irrelevant and irreverent,” and Oswald Chambers says worry is “impertinent.”   Irrelevant because worry changes nothing, irreverent because worry leaves God out of the equation, and impertinent because worry says I think I can do a better job of running my life than God.  How is that for convicting?  The waves just crashed over my head and the current is pulling me d-o-w-n!

ocean

The only way to break out of an undertow is to BE STILL and let the water carry you.  It will spit you out on the shore only if you stop resisting.  So, let’s do what the Lord is asking and BE STILL and watch and see what HE will do for us.  That my sweet sisters is trust at its best.

Yvonne

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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: "big" sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven's gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait. Scriptures number one admonition is "fear not." Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to "tread water til Jesus comes." Something my students often thought I was going to make them do! So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

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