Parting of your “Red Sea” (QTR)

“When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.””

Exodus 14:10-14 ESV

(photo credits to Bible CA)

Imagine after God performed 10 plagues over Egypt just to show to the Pharaoh and even to the Israelites how powerful our God is, still, they (the Israelites) would come trembling in fear just with the sight of the Egyptians. Even after God proved Himself that He alone can take them out of Egypt, they would still doubt not only Moses’ leadership, but also God’s power. It’s so sad that even after all the miracles, the signs and wonders Moses and Aaron performed before them, the Israelites would want to stay in Egypt and be their slaves just for the sake of comfort, despite of the harsh treatment of Egyptians to them (because there’s food for them to eat and a place for them to stay).

Sometimes, just like the Israelties, we are too confined and comfortable with our comfort zones that we refuse to step out from it even after all the signs and wonders God is able to perform. Sometimes we are too afraid that when we step outside of it, things will never be the same, that it would be a lot of adjustments and a lot of things to accomplish before we are able to say that we’ve finally stepped out of our comfort zones.

Of course, things will never be the same once you step out of your comfort zone! My mother would always remind me that “the first step is always the hardest” whenever I make a decision. When adversary arrives, remind yourself always of what Moses said to the Israelites, “The Lord will fight for you and you only have to be silent”

Does silent here means not being able to tell God of the harsh reality of life? That we, too, as human beings are limited and that we have a wide variety of emotions to show? Of course not! God created us with emotions, and our emotions are all valid.

In other translations, the word silent translates to “being still”. Being still means being able to trust God, depend on God, lean on His strength and not on our own fully with all our heart and soul even when don’t understand His plans (Proverbs 3:5)

Are there areas in your life that you need to step out from? Afraid of what it’s like on the othet side? Remember that His grace will always be available and sufficient for you (2 Corithians 12:9). At the same time, the God who has demostrated the plagues is the same God who could part the sea for you. He can always provide you a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Trust God. Trust His plans.



Speck or Log?

Maybe human beings are like that. We’re too busy scrutinizing the bad in others that we lose focus of what’s good in them. We’re hounding for errors in them rather than encouraging them of their strengths. It is said that we are a good judge when we see others fault, and a good attorney when defending our own.

Jesus said Himself: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye” in Matthew 7:3-4. 

You may or may not read the second paragraph, but let’s be realistic. When was the last time you find the good in others despite of the bad emanating in their lives? Think about it.

Photo credits to The Brick Testament