E100: 020 | Don't Let Fear Narrow Your Vision


"Today’s passage reveals a defining moment for Moses. The most powerful army in the world was bearing down on him and his people were on the verge of a mutiny. He must have felt like he’d made a big mistake. But instead of rationalizing or running, Moses boldly proclaimed his trust in God and they escaped through the parted waters of the Red Sea." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Exodus 13:17-14:31 | (ESV)

The Egyptians—all Pharaoh's horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" (Exodus 13:9-12)
The Israelites had just witnessed what was probably the second greatest supernatural event in history after the creation of the world. Ten separate, unique, and consecutive supernatural events that God brought to Egypt under the leadership of Moses, all for them.

They were even being led by a pillar of cloud moving in front of them during the day and a pillar of fire at night. This must of been a remarkable sight.

Now God had led them to a spot pinned by the pursuing Egyptians against the great Red Sea. God had shown them his complete control over the natural world and they could only imagine that he had led them to a spot where they were trapped and couldn't get out. He led them out of Egypt only to die in the desert? Wow, what a short term and narrow memory they had!

With a little thought and some honestly I can easily and regretfully say: "I can relate". I have had reactions similar to this regarding my own circumstances and clearly missed what God was doing or had already done. It is like sometimes I have blinders on and miss what is going on. My memory is very selective and narrowed down by fear.

Barbara Quinn, an author, describes this as "sort of selective memory, recalling God's power and then letting fears block that memory. It's a spiritual amnesia, usually contracted by a hard knock from the world." She goes on to write "the surest cure for forgetfulness is going back to the beginning and reminding ourselves of God's track record".

I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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