By all rights, most of us should be feeling pretty comfortable. We are in our homes. We have plenty of food and other supplies (toilet paper?). We have shows to watch, books to read, music to listen to, hobbies to pursue. We are currently in good health (for some I have to add “considering our age”). Life is good except for one thing – we feel trapped. I don’t have anywhere I need to go, but since I’ve been told I can’t go out, that is what I want to do.
There have always been people who were trapped; some in painful or hard relationships, some in jobs they detest, some in poverty, some by disabilities or physical limitations. Our world has numerous people who are looking for a way out of their situation. Some try to escape through destructive addictions to alcohol, drugs, or porn, others turn to amusements to dull their senses, and still others decide to end a life they can’t stand to live. Often people become angry at whoever they think is responsible for their entrapment – and that is often God.
We can profit by hearing some instruction given to Israel by Moses over 3000 years ago. You probably know the story: God had used Moses and a series of miraculous events to lead the people of Israel out of their enslavement in Egypt. They got to the sea and were told; ” Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea.” (Exod. 14:1-2 ESV) That seemed ok until they realized that Pharaoh had changed his mind and the Egyptian army was coming after them from the north. The sea was to their west, and they were trapped by Pi-hahiroth (salt marshes), Migdol (a watchtower or fortification), and Baal-zephon (a place named for a pagan Canaanite god). They were trapped! They lashed out at Moses because this seemed far worse than the slavery they had endured.
Consider Moses’ command: “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. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exod. 14:13-14 ESV) They needed to calm down, stand firm (with confidence), and quiet down. The Lord would fight for them. As you well know the Lord made a way for them through the sea and used that same sea to stop their pursuers.
If we have put our trust in Jesus Christ, God’s son, we have already been rescued from our greatest enemy; sin, which results in spiritual death. Whatever we face now; we must simply calm down, quiet down, stand firm in our knowledge of His great love and power, and trust Him to see us though. I don’t pretend to know all that God will do, but I trust His character, and I know he will get me all the way home!