Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Freedom at Pi-hahiroth

In Exodus 14:1-3, "the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal-zephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in." Migdol and Baal-zephon are both mountains found near the Red Sea, one to the north and one to the west of Pi-hahiroth, with the Red Sea to the East, leaving one way in and one way out.

For 400 years, the children of Israel had lived in bondage to Egypt. Why were they there so long? Joseph had saved all of Egypt, yet they were put into bondage. How often do you have the feeling that you are in control of your fears, just to be forced to face them and be ruled by them again? Once bound by the fears once thought tamed, you begin to feel comfortable in knowing that you will be afraid of commitment, of opening your mouth, or of any other thing.

The Lord always wants to deliver you, but you must face your fears. It doesn't matter if you are afraid to open your mouth, it matters that you face that fear and trust God. When the Lord delivers you, He will bring you to your Pi-hahiroth, where there is no escape, and you are faced with a choice: either you can let your fears take you back to Egypt or you can face them.

In facing your fears, the Lord does not leave you unaided. He does not require that you face your Pharoah alone. As Pharoah comes and leaves you trapped, He will send His spirit. It will not be anything miraculous, it will be a gentle nudge towards the path you did not see. He will lead you to the edge of the Red Sea, and He will open your way.

Your fears will follow you, there is no doubt about that. New anxieties may arise from having the walls of water on both sides of you, and you're sure that it will collapse and destroy you, but you press on, trusting in God. When you arrive on Sinai's shores, you have escaped your fears, but a lingering thought may come thinking that the sea is still parted, but at that point, the Lord will allow you to see "the waters cover...[your] enemies: there was not one of them left" (Psalms 106:11).

Remember what the Lord has done for you, and never look back at your fears: never allow them to enslave you again.