13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will seethe deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV)
13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. Forthe Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (ESV)
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (KJV)
13 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (NKJV)
Exodus is probably one of the most well known stories in the entire Bible. Believers and Non-believers alike are extremely familiar with the base story of Moses. Moses and the Israelites are often thought to be extremely brave and courageous. I know that when I read this story it is hard for me to relate to either Moses or an Israelite. How does a person have so much faith and so little fear to go against an entire government, much less one your brother runs, to fight for a people you do not know. With that, how do you follow a person who used to oppress you in to a harsh climate with no knowledge of a destination or security.
In our lives in the 21st century, it is hard to relate to these types of decisions; however, we face similar trials on a daily basis. Do our decisions affect the entire direction of a nation and later the world? Let's be honest, probably not, but our decisions do affect our small hemisphere of influence.
When we pray to God for help, it is so hard for us to not expect an immediate response. He is the Lord God almighty. He created the heavens and the earth. He created me out of dust. Then why can't He answer the simple prayer that I am praying for my life. When you are having these thoughts, look to Moses and the Israelites. The Israelites were enslaved for 400 years. The prayed daily for God to release them from their bondage. Do you think that He didn't hear their prayers? Yes, He heard their prayers, yet after 320 years he sent a new born baby to provide their salvation from slavery. That baby grew up for 80 years before he was sent to answer their prayers. In 400 years, don't you think some of those Israelites were getting pretty irritated at their unanswered prayers?
So, as we approach our Lord Jesus Christ on our knees in prayer, we need to remember that an unanswered prayer isn't a no and may not even be unanswered. God may have already sent you your answer in the form of a baby that just needs time to grow in to the answer. Pray with fervor and pray without ceasing, because God does hear you, he just works on a different time table then we do sometimes (okay, all the time).