When God Uses Pharaoh…

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Why do you cry unto Me? Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward: But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get honor over Pharaoh, and over all his host, over his chariots, and over his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten honor over Pharaoh, over his chariots, and over his horsemen.” Exodus 14:15-18

Moses

I am willing to bet that if Pharaoh had simply let Israel go and had not pursued them, after camping by the Sea for a few days they would have tried to hike north around the edge of the Red Sea instead of thinking for even a moment they could somehow pass through it. But God wanted to get honor over Pharaoh. He went so far as to set them up. He used them as bait.

God told Moses to take the people to a place where Pharaoh would think they were trapped by the land, so He could entice Pharaoh to pursue Him. It worked. Plus for good measure, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart and the chase was on. Except Israel had no place to run – Pretty frightening. The mightiest (and angriest) army on earth where every soldier had just lost at least one family member, for which they blamed Israel, was out for vengeance.

They wanted blood. Evidently, even Moses was crying out to the Lord for help and God responded by asking Moses why he was calling to Him? It’s like God was saying, “Moses… You have what you need. Just stretch out your hand.” So here’s my point… Some of you right now are in the hardest place you’ve ever been. Pharaoh, or some similar evil, is breathing out threats against you. You are outgunned, out financed and outnumbered. You may feel like you have no good options.

Bankruptcy may seem like your only option. Giving in and giving up seems reasonable. You have fought a long battle and it has brought you to this. It has come to a climax and victory is no where in sight. You call out to God and He looks at you and says… Why are you calling out to Me? He doesn’t respond that way because He thinks you’re a lost cause. He is responding that way because He wants to get honor or glory over the enemy of your soul. He wants honor over your circumstances and honor over your life.

He doesn’t want to share that honor, lest people mistakenly credit you and think you can solve their problems. If you are in that position right now, you are poised for the biggest miracle of your life. You may have made some foolish mistakes, but God is in control. He set the stage and He wants you to play your part. What part is that? I say to you what Moses said to the Israelites… The Lord shall fight for you and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. That’s your part.

Overcome your fear, hold on to peace and remain at rest. If nothing else, it really frustrates the devil. But it is far more than that. It is the environment in which you hear His voice, discern His will and know what to do. You will not receive your miracle out of fear. You must get to peace. Peace in those circumstances requires faith. And faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Nothing shall be impossible to you. To be continued…