Comfort Zone

Today we come to a familiar story, the Crossing of the Red Sea. This is a story that is so incredible, so miraculous that many have questioned whether or not it really happened. I am 100% convinced that this is a literal story. The only explanation for this is this, it is God being God. Today, we are going to look specifically at Exodus 14:11-13. Exodus 14:11-13 says, “Then they said to Moses, ‘Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.’ And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.'”

Israel is at the edge of the Red Sea with the Egyptians in hot pursuit. They are convinced that they are going to die. Therefore, they concluded that it would have been better if Moses had left them alone, and allowed them to remain slaves in Egypt. You and I can be liked that can’t we? We want to grow spiritually, but we are afraid of the process that God will use to accomplish that purpose. We are more comfortable in our comfort zone. We are restless, because we believe there is more to life than what we are experiencing. But we conclude that it is better to remain restless in our comfort zone, than to venture out and experience the abundant life that Jesus spoke of in John 10. This is a good place for us to be reminded, you can’t go with God and stay where you are.

Moses gives the nation of Israel an interesting command in verse 13. Moses tells them to “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” This flies in the face of mankind’s thinking. We want to believe that salvation depends on what we do. Yet, the Bible tells us over and over that salvation is by God’s grace. Not only is this giving us a picture of salvation from our sins, but it is also a reminder that we don’t have to fight the fights that are waged against us. There is a similar story in Acts 4, where Peter and John had been arrested by the religious leaders. Acts 4:29 says, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.” The early church didn’t pray for safety or prosperity. They prayed for faithfulness and boldness to carry out their mission regardless of the cost. All Israel had to do was to trust God and be obedient. God had promised to do the rest. That is a same promise that He gives to us today. We see it in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (stand still). Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light” (obey).

In what areas of your life do you need to “stand still”? Are you trying to work your way to heaven? Are you trying to earn God’s love and favor? Where is God calling you to trust Him and be obedient? Will you?

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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