Let Them Pursue
Several times as children of God we have wondered if we heard right when certain decisions we took under God aren't going according to the way we thought they should. We may not show it but in our hearts we question if truly we heard the Lord right or it was a figment of our imagination. This is not new, it happened to Moses. I could imagine the dilemma of Moses when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt and the Lord gave him a specific instruction that seemed to contradict their mode of leaving in Exodus 14:1-4; “Then the Lord spoke to Moses: ‘Tell the Israelites to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth , between Migdol and the sea; you must camp in front of Baal-zephon, facing it by the sea. Pharaoh will say of the Israelites: ‘they are wondering around the land in confusion; the wilderness has boxed them in.’ I will harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he will pursue them. Then I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.’ So the Israelites did this.” Turn back? Dear Lord! No matter how much we look at it, God had a plan and He was going to leave an indelible mark on Egypt that will reverberate through the ages to come. This instruction was to make the children of Israel look confused in the eyes of Pharaoh and his army which in turn will make him want to pursue them. The Bible says when the children of Israel looked up they saw the army of Egypt coming after them in hot pursuit they were frightened and wished they never left Egypt. Death stared them in the face, because Pharaoh had emptied Egypt of his army to come fight them. However, the Lord was teaching them something about Himself: that He is All Powerful, He created the seas and the elements and He can command them in any way He pleases! Several times we heard God give us specific instructions that looks as if we are dancing to the tune of the enemy or cowering at their sight but in reality the Lord intends to gain a great victory over those that are pursuing us. The truth is that the Israelites could have been led through another way that may have bypassed the sea but the Lord is not One that backs down from a challenge neither is He a coward to take the easy way out. In fact the Officials of the court reported to Pharaoh the morning they left the land that they had fled the country! This was a lie, they didn't run or hurry out of Egypt but they marched out triumphantly in battle formation like an army – the army of the Lord! Every choice you had made or are making by the Lord’s instruction is not to run from a battle or showdown with the enemy even if it looks that way but to declare to the enemy that God is the Lord and no one like Him! If truly you heard Him, no regrets or cries! Just as He did with the Israelites on that day of their deliverance, He is asking you, ‘why are you crying out to Me? What do you have in your hand? The Bible tells us in 2Peter 1:3 that He has given us all we need to live a life that is worthy of Him. God expects us when faced with such challenges to hold on to His word and exercise it. It is not a time to cry because of the enemy or be riddled with regrets but it is the time to declare the infallible word of God to dispel every hindrance from your path. The purpose of your living is to declare the praises of God upon the face of the earth, of course, at the end of the battle, the enemy will declare that your God is indeed God. Therefore, my friend, rise up from the seat of despondency, dejection and depression and begin to declare the truth of God’s word and see the seas, mountains and hills part and skip like rams before you in the Presence of the Almighty God. Are they pursuing you, let them come, they will know by experience that Jesus Christ is the LORD of all the earth. God bless you.