Exodus 14:30-31 (NKJV)
There are some things we must see if we are to believe the Lord completely and follow those He has given as our leaders. Though “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7), there are still some things the Lord must show us so that we will follow Him faithfully and without question. The Israelites were privileged to see one of these things that caused them to believe God and His messenger, Moses.
“So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.” Obviously this was a gruesome sight. Thousands of Egyptian soldiers, drowned by the coming together of the Red Sea, now washed up on shore in full view of the Israelites. Surley they would never forget this moment and this sight. God had delivered on His promise to bring His people out of bondage and make His Name great.
Though we may cringe at the image before our minds, there was a definite reason for God causing it to happen. He was not just trying to make the Israelites sick with the sight of all these dead soldiers. He had a much greater purpose for this, and Israel discovered it immediately.
“Thus israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses” (emphasis mine). God’s main purpose for showing Israel this gruesome sight was so that they would fear Him and believe Him and His servant Moses. The fear came easily as they saw the power of God over life and death. Believing Him and Moses was a little more difficult, but God had told Israel through Moses that He would do to their enemies exactly what they now were seeing.
The Lord had totally destroyed their taskmasters to the point where “not so much as one of them remained” (v. 28b). Never again would Egypt cause God’s people to be subservient as long as they feared and believed God. Their hopes now lay in the promise of God, a promise of a land that would be their own, filled with the blessings of the Almighty.
It doesn’t happen frequently, but from time to time God allows us to see something that causes our faith to grow exponentially. When He defeates our enemies before our eyes, when He heals miraculously one who has a debilitating or life-threatening illness, when He provides abundantly for us in our darkest hour, we see it and our faith grows. The difficult part is walking by faith when we don’t see the miracles. That, however, is what we are called to do.
When you are privileged to view the miraculous, let it cause you to fear and believe the Lord. Thank Him for this great privilege. Then walk on in faith, knowing He is there even when you can’t see Him. That is true faith.