It was one of the Bible’s most terrifying situations. Ahead of the rag-tag multitude of escaped slaves lay an impassable sea. Behind them, Pharaoh with his Egyptian army — horses, soldiers, and chariots — was closing fast, breathing vengeance. They could see there was no hope of escape, and panic set in. They cried out to Moses, “Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us leave?” (Exodus 14:11).

Moses had an incredible message for them. “Stand firm,” he says, “and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring today.” At this critical moment in their journey from slavery to freedom, when situation was beyond hope, Moses told them, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Israel’s exodus from Egypt is an illustration of our own salvation. We couldn’t go back because behind us there was only slavery to sin. Ahead of us loomed the terrifying prospect of ultimate judgment. We were hopelessly trapped. But into this hopeless situation God sent an incredible message — The Lord would fight for us.

_Fight for me? The Lord, you ask? _

Yes! On the cross Jesus paid for your sin. He did everything.

Sin and Satan who pursued us? Gone!

Judgment? Never! We only need to be still and watch.

This is a Christian’s wonder, joy, and source of constant thankfulness. “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).

Lord, thank you for fighting for me. You are my Savior, my redeemer and my salvation. I don't have to fear what is behind me or what lies ahead. I am no longer trapped, but freed by your blood. Amen.

Go Deeper — Take time today to thank God often for your freedom from slavery to sin and death.

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