Lanterns: The Final Test


The Final Test

The Final Test: Exodus 14:11-12 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Have you been enduring a time of testing? Has God given you a promise that has not yet been fulfilled? We all must pass through the fire and have our faith refined and strengthened. There are none who serve God and reflect His glory who do not go through the fire. The children of Israel had seen the hand of God's wrath on Egypt and Pharaoh during the plagues, as well as the hand of His protection over their lands in Goshen.

Now, as the last test was being presented and in light of all the wonders they had observed from God, they see Pharaoh and his army coming against them. Instead of trusting God, they panic and grumble against Moses. There should have been no doubt that God would handle the situation; surely God would not have brought them this far to let them die. 

We have a tendency in the temporal to miss the things of the spirit. We see what is before us physically, and take our eyes off the Lord placing them on the situation. In this moment, we abandon our faith and begin to seek the answer within ourselves. God has not instructed us so.

Heb 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

God does not expect us to find the answer within ourselves. He expects us to trust and obey Him and His word. God has brought you this far. He will finish the work He has begun in you. Face the test and trust in God; stand and then move forward into whatever He leads you to do, no matter what the outcome. This life is temporary.  We are to cherish the life God has given us, but not worship it. We, as the ambassadors of Christ, must occupy until He returns, and preach His word in action by speaking when necessary. Fear not, for God destroyed the Egyptian Army by the same miracle He saved the Israelites.

Exo 14:28-31 "And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore. 31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses."

So Stand and Trust in God, even when the situation seems hopeless. Stand, and do not move until God moves you. Elijah fled from Jezebel in fear for his life. He fled into the wilderness and to a cave where God spoke to him; not in the wind, or the fire, or even the earthquake, but in a still small voice. God gave Elijah encouragement and showed him he was not alone.

So be still and listen, move forward when He leads and watch what He will do.

Walk by Faith Day to Day: In Christ, DTLSR

Written by Dale Lumley

I am a 55 yr old Christian, Sgt. USMC DSGW. Patriot, Constitutional Originalist. Husband, Father.

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