The Wilderness Trap

Exodus 14:3 revealed God’s strategic maneuver to trap the children of Israel’s enemy. It says, “For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.” Pharaoh had no clue that God was about to annihilate the entire Egyptian army. I want to back up to make something really clear. 


God is the One who leads us into the wilderness. Exodus 13:17-18 said that God did not lead them by the closest way. It says, “…Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt. So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea…” Since we know the rest of the story, we see how purposefully God orchestrated their journey.


When you were first saved, what happened? It was like a honeymoon period. You were so in love with the Lord, and speechless at His deliverance for you through the cross. As time went on, the Lord allowed little skirmishes to take place. He was training you for warfare. Nothing is in vain. Everything that God does in your life is strategically and magnificently orchestrated.


The day I received the Lord as my Savior, it was a glorious time. I was eleven, but He placed a hunger in my heart for His word. My little six year old friend was with me. We got permission to stay up. I read the gospel of John out loud until we fell asleep. I had a new understanding that I belonged to the Lord, and I would never be separated from Him. My Sunday School memorized verses became alive within me. This Friday I will celebrate sixty-three years of walking with Him.

The Lord uses our wilderness times to reveal Himself to us in ways that we had not experienced before. The children of Israel had escaped Egypt. I can imagine their hearts soaring with their freedom. Then, an uncrossable obstacle stood in their way. As they faced the Red Sea, they saw the Egyptians coming towards them. In their minds they were trapped. What did they do? Complained.


Exodus 14:11 says, “…Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?…” Verse 12 says, “…For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” What did Moses say? Verse 13 says, “…Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…” Verse 14 says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”


Nothing is impossible for the Lord! Verse 24 -25 says, “…He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels…” Verse 27 says, “…So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the Sea.” The obstacle in the wilderness became God’s instrument to overthrow their enemy. Now let’s apply this to our own wilderness journey. How is the Lord seeking to annihilate our enemy’s designs against us? 

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