Daily Devotionals

Monsoon: Week 5 - Friday

But Moses told the people, "Don't be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again." Exodus 14:13

Some of the monsoons we face may seem so intense that they feel out of our control. These monsoons may make us feel like life is spinning around us at 100 miles per hour. Sometimes, in the middle of a monsoon we are facing, what we need is a reminder that God can handle our storms. As out of control we may feel, He can handle anything. We will find this reminder is Exodus 14.

After the final plague God brought upon the Egyptians to free the Israelites from slavery, Pharaoh finally let the Israelites leave captivity in Egypt. Moses began to lead them out of Egypt to a new land that God had promised them. As they were on their way to this new land, Pharaoh changed his mind. He wanted to get the Israelites back and bring them back into slavery. He and the rest of his army went after the Israelites. When this happened, the Israelites were frightened. They panicked and got angry at Moses for leading them out of Egypt only to be killed by the Egyptian army. At this, Moses responded to them, saying, "Don't be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again (Exodus 14:13). In other words, Moses was saying, "God can handle this. He is bigger than anything, including this Egyptian army." And then, the Israelites watched God handle their situation. He parted the Red Sea when the Egyptian army was getting close to the Israelites. When this happened, the people of Israel walked right through the sea. The Egyptians started to follow them. When the last Israelite walked through, God caused the water in the red sea to collapse on the Egyptian army, and the entire army drowned in the Red Sea. God protected His people. He truly was able to handle their storm.

God is able to handle your storm, too. Your storm may be your adult children that can't seem to get their act together. It could be that your storm is a teacher who doesn't like the fact that you are a follower of Christ. It may even be that your storm is that you are married to a person who wants nothing to do with your relationship with God or church. The good news is that God is able to part your storm, even when everything seems desperate. He is able to rescue you!

Are you clinging on to the hope that God is big enough to handle your storm? Are you trusting that He is bigger than any other situation that you could ever face? My friend, God truly is in control of your situation. Believe in Him to do a miracle in the middle of your monsoon.

Moving Toward Action

Is there a miracle that you are looking for God to do in the middle of your storm? Spend some time thinking about that miracle and take it to God. Ask Him to do a miracle in your monsoon. And then trust Him to do it. Remember, that miracle may look different than you expected, but He will work in your storm in miraculous ways.

Going Deeper

Read Exodus 14:1-31 (NLT)

Then the Lord gave these instructions to Moses: “Order the Israelites to turn back and camp by Pi-hahiroth between Migdol and the sea. Camp there along the shore, across from Baal-zephon. Then Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are confused. They are trapped in the wilderness!’ And once again I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord!” So the Israelites camped there as they were told.

When word reached the king of Egypt that the Israelites had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds. “What have we done, letting all those Israelite slaves get away?” they asked. So Pharaoh harnessed his chariot and called up his troops. He took with him 600 of Egypt’s best chariots, along with the rest of the chariots of Egypt, each with its commander. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, so he chased after the people of Israel, who had left with fists raised in defiance. The Egyptians chased after them with all the forces in Pharaoh’s army—all his horses and chariots, his charioteers, and his troops. The Egyptians caught up with the people of Israel as they were camped beside the shore near Pi-hahiroth, across from Baal-zephon.

As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord!”

Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them. The cloud settled between the Egyptian and Israelite camps. As darkness fell, the cloud turned to fire, lighting up the night. But the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other all night.

Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!

Then the Egyptians—all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers—chased them into the middle of the sea. But just before dawn the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw their forces into total confusion. He twisted their chariot wheels, making their chariots difficult to drive. “Let’s get out of here—away from these Israelites!” the Egyptians shouted. “The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt!”

When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots and charioteers.” So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the Lord swept them into the sea. Then the waters returned and covered all the chariots and charioteers—the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.

But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. That is how the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day. And the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the seashore. When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.