The flight from Egypt continues… but in today’s reading from Exodus, faced with the Red Sea ahead and the chasing Egyptians behind their backs, some of the Israelites are having second doubts about the wisdom and the promise of reaching the land of milk and honey. They are left with a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea, and for most of them the choice of working for the Egyptians seems the better prospect.
That’s a dilemma most of us face in our daily life. Do we side with evil or do we trust in God to bring us through our temptation? We have cried out before to the Lord asking him to deliver us from evil, and ten times he has sent the enemy packing with plague and pestilence – yet still our enemy pursues and attempts to enslave us once again. Can we ever be rid of that repetitive sin that puts us in chains? Would it not be better just to surrender? After all, did the Egyptians really treat us that badly when we were held in captivity?
But Moses, sent by God to lead his people, knew better. He trusted in God’s power and promise. He even went as far as saying: “The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again!” Can the evil that has gnawed at our weakness for most of our life really be dismissed for ever? Can we ever be restored and free of the sin that has chased us for so long. Can God’s will be done?
God kept his promise of deliverance for the Israelites in a most remarkable way, by dividing the sea and making a clear path for them to continue their journey to the promised land. Our God is a God of miracles. But for any miracle to happen, faith is necessary. It was the faith of Moses in the promise of the Lord that inspired the sea to part and provide a homecoming path. For those with evil in their hearts there was no way through to the promised land; only death awaited.
Whatever our sin, our weakness, we have God’s promise that we can be restored; that his strength is best in our weakness and his grace is enough for each of us.
There is no need to be like the pharisees who tested Jesus by asking for signs and demanding proof. Waiting for proof is not indicative of faith, and without faith where are our miracles in life? We are called to walk in faith.
Dear children! Today I pray for you and with you that the Holy Spirit may help you and increase your faith, so that you may accept even more the messages that I am giving you here in this holy place. Little children, comprehend that this is a time of grace for each of you; and with me, little children, you are secure. I desire to lead you all on the way of holiness. Live my messages and put into life every word that I am giving you. May they be precious to you because they come from heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call. June 25, 1988