I don’t like the wind. A good breeze, and even some strong gusts, while at the beach seem appropriate. But I do not like the sustained 35 m.p.h. winds we are getting today, and the 50+ m.p.h. gusts scare me. The power of the wind is impressive. God’s power in the wind, breathtaking.
When the people of Israel fled Egypt, God took them out into the wilderness. But He never left them.
“And the LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” ~ Exodus 13:21-22
He wasn’t just among the people; God was before the people. He led them, right up front, in a miraculous way, so that they all could see Him and know He was with them. Oh, how I wish sometimes that I could see God like that, leading the way for me!
Pharaoh pursued God’s people with “all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army” (Exodus 14:9), and he overtook them in the wilderness, next to the Red Sea. And “they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the LORD.” ~ Exodus 14:10b. Shouldn’t our first response when frightened be to cry out to God?
Of course, then they complained to Moses. That sounds more like it. We tend to complain and wail and gnash our teeth when confronted with something bad.
“But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.'” ~ Exodus 14:13-14
“While you keep silent”. Wow. Cry out to God, do not fear, keep silent, and “the LORD will fight for you”. I need to remember that.
I know, you are wondering what on earth this has to do with the wind. I love these next verses!
“And the angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. And the sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” ~ Exodus 14:19-22
We all know the basics of the story of the parting of the Red Sea. But here we have the amazing details:
*An angel stood between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel. I am picturing him with a huge sword in his hands!
*God Himself stood between the two camps. There is no need to say more about that- God Himself.
*Neither camp came near the other all night.
*During the night, God sent a strong wind to not only blow the waters of the sea apart, but to dry out the land between so the people of Israel could easily walk across it. That was a supernaturally powerful wind- can you imagine?
*God’s people safely crossed while the angel, and God Himself, held the Egyptians back.
The Egyptians did finally pursue them, and when dawn broke, the armies of Egypt were destroyed by the waters of the sea.
“Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. And when Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.” ~ Exodus 14:30-31
See God’s power, fear Him (in awe), and believe in Him. Amen? 🙂