Strength for the journey

By Hannah Ng’uni

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. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” Exodus 14:13 – 14 NKJV

The journey of building a legacy that lasts is a one that requires faith in God all the way. Why? Because not everyone or everything will align or agree with your journey; obstacles, setbacks, tough times are inevitable timestamps along the way– it is only a matter of time. But as the definition of journey suggests, these are not designed to be permanent situations, on a journey you move from one place to another. Faith all the way is required because faith, as a believer in Christ, is a lifestyle (Galatians 2:20, Romans 1:17).

This week’s Bible reading is taken from Exodus 14, part of the Israelites exodus from Egypt, a journey with many lessons to learn from. One thing I noticed was how quickly an obstacle along their journey changed the attitude of the Israelites and shook their faith. They went from leaving Egypt ‘confidently and defiantly; (vs. 8b AMP) with the Lord directing their way with a cloud and pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21-22) to being so consumed with fear as Pharoah and his chariots pursued them. To the point that they complained to their leader Moses:

11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”

It was as if, in that moment, God’s promise to deliver them out of bondage and to take them to a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 13:3,5) was just a nice idea and this is how things were going to end instead. But God had a bigger plan…“that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD” (Exodus 14:4b).

This led me to think about my own attitude in those moments’ things had not gone according to plan in my life or when something happened that set me back. I will be honest to say, ‘praise the Lord’ were not the first words to come out of my mouth. Rather, it was something like, ‘why Lord?’ or feeling disheartened, discouraged. But what I learn from Moses’ response (see opening passage), is that what you focus on matters. Choose to take the focus off the challenge and onto the Lord, remain steadfast in faith and expectant of what God will do. That challenge is not designed to last, the Lord is always on my side and He has a bigger plan so trust Him!

As we read later in that chapter, we see how the Lord saved the Israelites in a mighty way and they sang praises to Him (chapter 15).

 Exodus 15: 1-2. Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

My encouragement for us this week is, on this journey of building legacy, when faced with an obstacle, challenge or set back big or small, it is not time to stop, give up or complain. It is time to ‘go forward and be confident in the Lord’s promise to go before us and fights for us. The Lord is strong and mighty.

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