Trapped

s51Ever feel trapped?  Like you can’t turn in one direction because it will be worse than where you are now, but on the other side there is no escape?

I’ve met so many women that feel trapped in –

  • a marriage
  • a job
  • the same old sin that keeps creeping up
  • a body that is getting old
  • a complicated relationship
  • in-laws that want every holiday at their house…

God’s people often found themselves trapped too.  Just yesterday I read the story of Moses and the people of Israel leaving Egypt.  I’ve heard this account since I was a girl in Sunday School, but this week I noticed for the first time just how trapped they felt on a human level.

When Pharaoh’s army started chasing them with chariots and foot soldiers, they knew they couldn’t turn back.  Yet they found themselves up against the Red Sea.  According to Exodus 14:3, “Then Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are confused. They are trapped in the wilderness!’”

From a human perspective, the people seemed trapped.  In fact, they started to panic.  “As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, 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? 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!’” (Exodus 14:10-12)

These people who had just witnessed all the mighty plagues (blood, frogs, locust, darkness, etc) now reverted to human defaults:

  • Panic
  • Complaint
  • Fear
  • Seeing the slavery of the past through a distorted lens

Let’s not pretend we aren’t familiar with these tactics when we feel trapped.  At least I can surely relate.

Except Moses was there to speak God’s truth and display God’s power.  He says in verses 13-14, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Moses proclaimed this in faith before he watched the water of the Red sea open up a path for them and drown their approaching enemy.  Yet God told him not to just sit around and say it.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground.”

Sometimes I can speak the words of faith, but stay trapped.  God says, “get moving” like you believe it.  If you are feeling trapped today, where is God calling you to “get moving” into His rescue?  He longs to give us an escape through His supernatural power.

He offers us hope, refuge, and often a pathway that we didn’t expect that goes against all human reasoning.  Usually it starts with believing His Word about forgiveness, reliance on Him alone, and faith that His way is better than ours.

Let’s remember His instruction to His people and make them our own today –

  • Don’t be afraid.
  • Stand still.
  • Watch the Lord rescue you.
  • The Lord will fight for you.
  • Just stay calm.

Because of these words, we can Dare to Hope today even when we feel trapped.  Praying your trap door comes into view as you watch for the Lord’s rescue.

 

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