Just Stay Calm

Series: Our Next Guest | Week 14: The Scenic Route

Day Two Exodus 14:10-14

10 As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, 11 and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? 12 Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”

13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
– Exodus 14:10-14 (NLT)

1. What’s the first response of the Israelites when they see the Egyptians approaching?
2. What are the Israelites displaying a lack of?
3. What do you think Moses means when he says, “Stand still?”

The Israelites allow fear to replace faith. They're so fearful they actually say they prefer to stay in the terrible circumstances of their slavery. Moses immediately corrects them, telling them to “stand still.” He tells them to quiet their fearfulness, to stand firm in faithfulness, and to watch God fight for them. Spend some time in prayer thanking God for His love and the way He fights for you. Ask for the strength to remain faithful when the circumstances around you cause fear.

For Further Reading: Which Promises Are for Me?

For Families with Kids at Home
Ask your kids, “What are some times when you’ve felt afraid?” Whether you’ve got teenagers or toddlers, whether they’re scared of the dark or scared of social situations, every kid can point back to a time when they were afraid. Remind them that just like the Israelites, God always walks beside us and watches out for us, and because of that, we don’t have to be afraid!

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