A Meditation: On Exodus 14:1-4 // And I Will Get Glory Over //
by Matheus Yuhlung
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD.” And they did so” – Exodus 14:1-4 (ESV)
Regarding these verses Henry Matthew wrote:
All men being made for the honour of their Maker, those whom he is not honoured by, he will be honoured upon.
Consider how dreadful it would be on whom God will be honoured upon; indeed that’s why Hebrews wrote – It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.[i] But hopefully we don’t share that fate thanks to our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ.
But that really isn’t what I’m meditating on today; but what I would really like to put into perspective is the prospects of believers finding themselves in the wilderness with nowhere to run while there is a charging enemy on its tail.
And speaking from experience – that is one of the bleakest hours of existence; that insurmountable feeling of being forsaken, unattended like a child left behind drowning in the sea of faces. But when everything seems to have come to an end it really is rather a new point of revelation and elevation of our spiritual lives.
That is why Apostle Paul wrote: Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.[ii] Therefore, when you find yourself in a state of destitution – do not think of it as chastisement or betrayal rather it’s a pre stage to when God is planning to elevate you above the wicked ones whom God is choosing to destroy; take heart He has overcome the world.[iii]
[i] Chapter 10 Verse 31
[ii] 2 Corinthians 12:9
[iii] John 16:33