Afraid of What's to Come? ~ By Rev. Dr. Raymond T. Moreland
But Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still. - Exodus 14: 13-14
For the Hebrew children, there was no turning back. Moses saw the people who had made the exodus out of Egypt trapped between the fear of Pharaoh's army of chariots and warriors and fear of crossing the Red Sea. To put it bluntly, the people were caught between the devil and the deep Red Sea. Even in the fears, the people complained to Moses. "Was it for want of graves in Egypt that you brought us to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, taking us out of Egypt?" Here they are trapped by the fear of living in slavery under Pharaoh and the uncertainty of what lies ahead across the sea.
Moses challenged the peoples' fear, "Do not be afraid, stand firm." What do they have to lose but the uncertainty of fear's hold on their lives
They could look back to Egypt and see a future of servitude. Or the people could, by faith, let go of fear, and live in the anticipation of what lies ahead. Fear always blocks anticipation and expectation. The people of God need to let go of the fear and hold to the promise of God to bring them through the sea to a new land and new life.
Advent calls us to let go of fear, releasing the grip of the past and crossing over the troubling seas we call face each day of our lives. Letting go allows us to get ourselves prepared for what God is getting ready to do in our lives. Isn't this the kind of Advent we seek to experience as we prepare our hearts to receive the rebirthing of Jesus in us once again. Deliverance is coming, be brave, stand still, stand firm and cross through your troubled waters and seas of uncertainty with anticipation of the God's salvation in Jesus Christ.
Prayer: O Gracious God, help me to stand firm against fear and all that seeks to overcome my life. Give me the heart to look at the fixed star of hope in the Advent of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen