Daily Bible Inspirations

Nowhere to Go... But Up

by Heather Tietz

“The LORD will fight for you, and you shall be still.”

Exodus 14:14

God’s people stood cornered in the wilderness. To one side was a range of impassable rocks. On the other were what is believed to have been Egyptian military posts. The Red Sea walled off the third side, and now the angry Egyptian army charged toward them on the fourth. The Israelites were not soldiers. They had been subdued for hundreds of years in slavery. But now, it appeared they were being called to fight for their lives.

Moses encouraged them, “The LORD will fight for you. Trust Him!”

Their predicament was no accident. God had specifically ordered Moses to have the Israelites camp there. He had given them no way out. It was God’s plan! In their fear, they turned their attention to Him. In their fear, they had an opportunity to practice their faith.

Perhaps there are times in our lives when we get walled in, when God leads us to a corner and we are untrained and unprepared to deal with the oncoming trouble. We have nowhere to go but up. Like the Israelites, it is our chance to practice prayer, hope, and trust.

Can any trouble of ours be heavier than the waters of the Red Sea? Can it be any trickier than drying up wet ground, fencing off sea creatures, and keeping an entire hostile army at bay? Take your fear as an opportunity to grow your faith upward.