Exodus 14:13, 14 - When He Leads Us Through.

Exodus 14:13, 14 (NLT) But Moses told the 
people, Dont be afraid. Just stand still and 
watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you 
see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord 
himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.  

Exodus 14:13, 14 (CWR) Moses assured the 
people by saying, "Don't be afraid! Stand your 
ground, and you'll see what our God will do to save 
you. The Lord will deliver you from the hands of 
Pharaoh and you will never see him or his men again. 
14 The Lord will fight for you. All you have to 
do is to stand still and watch."  


   There was no way the Israelites could get 
across the Red Sea. And if that wasnt bad 
enough, the Egyptian army was in hot pursuit. 
   The people got so upset that they turned 
to Moses and said, Why did you bring us out 
here to die in the wilderness? Werent there 
enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done 
to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? 
(Exodus 14:11 NLT). 
   You know the rest of the story. The Lord 
caused the waters of the Red Sea to part, and the 
Israelites crossed through on dry ground. Then those 
same waters closed on the pursuing Egyptian 
   God didnt keep the Israelites from the 
trial, but He kept them through it. 
   The same is true of the three courageous 
teenagers Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. King 
Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into a fiery furnace because 
they wouldnt worship a false god. 
   Of course, God could have delivered them 
from the furnace altogether. Instead, He allowed 
them to be thrown into the furnace. But when the 
king looked in, he said, I see four men, 
unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the 
fourth looks like a god! (Daniel 3:25 NLT). 
   Again, we see that the Lord kept them 
through the trial but not necessarily from it. 
   But what about when an accident or a 
tragedy happens in the life of a child of God? 
Wheres the keeping power of God then? In asking a 
question like that, were assuming that we somehow 
have the inherent right to live long, easy lives 
and die peacefully in our sleep one day. 
   The Bible says that our future is in 
[His] hands (Psalm 31:15 NLT). This means that 
the Lord will walk with us through life, no 
matter what were facing. Well never be alone. 
[Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


Faith Demonstrated. 
   It was by faith that they passed 
through the Red Sea as by dry land. Hebrews 
11:29. In marching down to the very water, they 
showed that they believed the word of God as spoken 
by Moses. They did all that was in their power 
to do, and then the Mighty One of Israel 
divided the sea to make a path for their feet. PP290 
[Remnant SB re vss. 15, 16] 

Walking by Faith, Not Sight
   God in His providence brought the Hebrews 
into the mountain fastnesses before the sea, that 
He might manifest His power in their 
deliverance and signally humble the pride of their 
oppressors. He might have saved them in any other way, 
but He chose this method in order to test their 
faith and strengthen their trust in Him. The 
people were weary and terrified, yet if they had 
held back when Moses bade them advance, God would 
never have opened the path for them. It was by 
faith that they passed through the Red Sea as 
by dry land. Hebrews 11:29. In marching down 
to the very water, they showed that they 
believed the word of God as spoken by Moses. They did 
all that was in their power to do, and then the 
Mighty One of Israel divided the sea to make a path 
for their feet. 
   The great lesson here taught is for all 
time. Often the Christian life is beset by 
dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The 
imagination pictures impending ruin before and bondage 
or death behind. Yet the voice of God speaks 
clearly, Go forward. We should obey this 
command, even though our eyes cannot penetrate the 
darkness, and we feel the cold waves about our feet. 
The obstacles that hinder our progress will 
never disappear before a halting, doubting spirit. 
Those who defer obedience till every shadow of 
uncertainty disappears and there remains no risk of 
failure or defeat, will never obey at all. Unbelief 
whispers, Let us wait till the obstructions are 
removed, and we can see our way clearly; but faith 
courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, 
believing all things. PP290 [Remnant SB re vss. 

   Little children don't always know what's 
best for them. If you don't believe that, just 
turn a child loose in an unfenced yard near a 
busy intersection . . . or leave your medicine 
cabinet unlocked. No, children don't have the wisdom 
of adults. That's why God provides parents: to 
help children survive to adulthood. 
   When the Israelites left Egypt, they were 
like a large band of children, not knowing what 
was best for them. But, like a loving father, 
God provided guidance, protection, food, water, 
and instruction to teach them how to enjoy a 
"grown up" relationship with Him. Patiently and 
thoroughly He showed them what it meant to rely on God 
in every facet of life, to depend upon His 
daily provision. 
   Has God placed you in a wilderness 
situation? Remember, you are there to learn a lesson in 
trusting God. Attach a safety pin to your lapel or 
collar today as a reminder of your dependence upon 
the Father. (It might even give you an 
opportunity to witness!) [Your Daily Walk SB] 

   Is this really true? Does God lead His 
children in this way? I want to listen with you to 
that which the Holy Spirit has to tell us about 
guidance, for this is sometimes a problem for me, as 
for many people. There are many who say, "I 
never hear anything when asking for guidance." 
   But then my question is, "Do you listen?" 
Sometimes we have to wait for the Lord, but this 
waiting can be a blessing in itself, if we do it in 
the presence of the Lord. Our quiet time is 
helpful for this. 
   If you want to hear God's voice clearly 
and you are uncertain, then remain in His 
presence until He changes this uncertainty. Often 
much can happen during this waiting for the Lord. 
Sometimes He changes pride into humility; doubt into 
faith and peace; sometimes lust into purity. The 
Lord can and will do it. 
   We must also understand that sometimes 
the silence of the Lord is His way of letting us 
grow, just as a mother allows her child to fall 
and get up again when he is learning to walk. If 
at times God allows a conflict, it may be his 
way of training us. (Not I but Christ by Corrie 
ten Boom) [Inspirational SB] 

   Verse 13 contains God's command to me as 
a believer for those times when I am 
confronted with dire circumstances and extraordinary 
difficulties. What am I to do when I cannot retreat or go 
forward and my way is blocked to the right and to 
the left? 
   The Master's word to me is, "Stand firm." 
And the best thing I can do at these times is to 
listen only to my Master's word, for others will 
come to me with their suggestions and evil 
   DESPAIR will come, whispering, "Give up - 
lie down and die." But even in the worst of 
times, God would have me be cheerful and 
courageous, rejoicing in His love and faithfulness. 
   COWARDICE will come and say, "You must 
retreat to the world's ways of acting. It is too 
difficult for you to continue living the part of a 
Christian. Abandon your principles." Yet no matter how 
much Satan may pressure me to follow his course, 
I cannot, for I am a child of God. The Lord's 
divine decree has commanded me to go from "strength 
to strength" (Ps. 84:7). Therefore I will, and 
neither death nor hell will turn me from my course. 
And if for a season He calls me to "stand firm," 
I will acknowledge it as time to renew my 
strength for greater strides in the future. 
   IMPATIENCE will come, crying, "Get up and 
do something! To 'stand firm' and wait is sheer 
idleness." Why is it I think I must be doing something 
right now instead of looking to the Lord? He will 
not only do something - He will do everything. 
   ARROGANCE will come, boasting, "If the 
sea is blocking your way, march right into it 
and expect a miracle." Yet true faith never 
listens to arrogance, impatience, cowardice, or 
despair but only hears God saying, "Stand firm." And 
then it stands as immovable as a rock. 
   "STAND FIRM." I must maintain the posture 
of one who stands, ready for action, expecting 
further orders, and cheerfully and patiently 
awaiting the Director's voice. It will not be long 
until God will say to me, as distinctly as He told 
Moses to tell the children of Israel, "Move on" 
(Ex. 14:15). Charles H. Spurgeon 
   In times of uncertainty - wait. If you 
have any doubt - wait, never forcing yourself 
into action. If you sense any restraint in your 
spirit, do not go against it - wait until the way is 
clear. [Streams In The Desert By Cowman] 


Heavenly Defender
   College rush week was ending with a 
beautiful candlelight initiation, and I was kneeling 
in prayer with other freshmen girls being 
inducted into the literary society I had chosen. The 
president whispered to each girl a prayerfully 
selected, individual Scripture verse. The one she gave 
me, Exodus 14:14, has assisted me in amazing 
situations in the fifty years since. 
   I often get my tongue tangled up, or the 
right word just won't come to mind, so when 
attempting to witness for Christ or even to give a 
witty response in social situations, I find myself 
feeling helpless and ineffective. As I've prayed for 
God to endow me with eloquence and 
expressiveness, his answer has come in unexpected ways. Many 
times when I'm having difficulty in a 
conversation, a dear friend or colleague will step in 
respectfully and clarify the message I had hoped to 
convey. Or someone may come to my defense verbally 
or even physically. 
   The Lord does indeed fight for me at 
times, and in response, I find I can do nothing 
other than hold my peace. 
   Elaine Carr, pastor's wife, retired after 
sharing in her husband's church planting and 
pastoral work for fifty years. [The One Year Bible 
Live Verse Devotional re Exo. 14:14] 

Louder Than Words
   I met Christ at forty-one. I had two 
loving parents, but their religion seemed to be the 
gospel of persistence and hard work. For years I 
was told those two virtues could solve any 
problem, but as an adult I found that just wasn't 
true. Our son's substance abuse brought me to my 
knees and to the foot of the cross. 
   When I accepted Christ, I wanted to share 
my faith with everyone, but especially with my 
husband. I offered him a taste: "Hey," I said, "I've 
discovered the greatest thing since sliced bread." "Try 
some," I would insist. Despite his clear 
disinterest, I persisted, unsuccessfully shoving my faith 
down his throat. Instead of love, I communicated 
disrespect and false righteousness. 
   Then I read Exodus 14:14, and a 
five-hundred-watt lightbulb went on. The verse said, "You need 
only to be still.'  Could I possibly do that? The 
Message takes it even a step further. It says, "You 
keep your mouths shut!" The words of St. Francis 
of Assisi came to mind: "Preach the gospel at 
all times, and if necessary use words." My 
transformation from obnoxious zealot to quiet, gentle 
witness began. 
   My husband recently commented, "Kathy, I 
really like the person you're becoming." His words 
surprised me, and I think he even surprised himself. 
Just a few months ago he never would have said 
anything like that. So how did I respond? I just kept 
my mouth shut"and smiled. 
   Kathy Pride"speaker, loving mom, and 
devoted wife"is the author of Winning the Drug War 
at Home. [The One Year Bible Live Verse 
Devotional re Exo. 14:14] 


A great statement of faith from Moses. 
Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to stand 
still and trust God. They needed to see the 
salvation of the LORD more clearly than the 
approaching Egyptians. We need to realize that God is 
not bound by human methods of deliverance as He 
works in our lives today. [Passages Of Life SB] 

As we face difficult issues, we will find 
that sometimes we need to sit tight and wait on 
God, and other times we need to get up and take 
action, trusting him for strength. How did Moses 
know when to get moving? God told him. But Moses 
would have heard nothing if he hadn't been staying 
in constant contact with God. [Life Recovery 
Devotional SB mod] 


I need never distrust my God for cloth or 
bread while the lilies flourish and the ravens are 
fed. [Your Daily Walk SB] 


   I will fight for you; you need only to be 
still. I know how weary you are, My child. You have 
been struggling just to keep your head above 
water, and your strength is running low. Now is the 
time for you to stop striving and let Me fight 
for you. I know this is not easy for you to do. 
You feel as if you must keep struggling in order 
to survive, but I am calling you to rest in Me. 
I am working on your behalf; so be still, and 
know that I am God.  
   Quieting your body is somewhat 
challenging for you, but stilling your mind may often 
seem downright impossible. In your striving to 
feel secure, you have relied too heavily on your 
own thinking. This struggle to be in control has 
elevated your mind to a position of autonomy. So you 
need the intervention of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him 
to control your mind more and more-- soothing 
you from the inside out. Take time to rest in 
the shadow of the Almighty while I fight for 
you. (Exo. 14:14; Psa. 46:10; Rom. 8:6; Psa. 
91:1) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 


Exodus 14:13, 14 - When Trapped - Just Look 
to Jesus! 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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