EXODUS 14 – FROM TRAUMA TO TRIUMPH
a deeply distressing or disturbing experience:
“a personal trauma like the death of a child” – Bing online Dictionary
“Trauma is a person’s emotional response to a distressing experience. Few people can go through life without encountering some kind of trauma. Unlike ordinary hardships, traumatic events tend to be sudden and unpredictable, involve a serious threat to life—like bodily injury or death—and feel beyond a person’s control. Most important, events are traumatic to the degree that they undermine a person’s sense of safety in the world and create a sense that catastrophe could strike at any time. Parental loss in childhood, auto accidents, physical violence, sexual assault, military combat experiences, the unexpected loss of a loved one are commonly traumatic events.” Trauma | Psychology Today
We will all face trauma during our lifetimes. We as individuals and as a church have all lost loved ones. I think of the loss of Dot Witmer, Nan Oberholzer, and Gina Brill.
On a national level I think of the Covid Pandemic, 9-11 and various hurricanes and other natural disasters. Also, shootings, riots, and scandals have left many paralyzed.
Besides trauma, there is also worry and fear to deal with. It is all too easy to succumb to these.
We will not avoid trauma or things that could make us worry, fret and fear. But we can be prepared for them.
The Israelites leaving Egypt faced a trauma that God turned to triumph. Let’s learn from their experience in Exodus 14.
BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PATH – They were facing trauma because they were in the will of God, taking the path of obedience. To be in the will of God, you must be saved! 1 Timothy 2:3-6, Ephesians 2:8-9
To be in the will of God you must follow His leading. John14:21-24 – The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.
BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PURPOSE – Exodus 14:4, 17-18 – God’s purpose for the believer is for us to bring glory to Him, by glorifying his Son. 2 Thess. 1:3-6, 11-12
BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PLAN – Exodus 14:1-9
Romans 12:3, – God’s will is “good, acceptable, perfect”.
BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PRESENCE – Exodus 14:10-16 – Hebrews 13:5-6 – Footprints
BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PROTECTION – Exodus 14:19-20 – The “Angel of the Lord” – probably Lord Jesus
False accusations never went anywhere against me. Even if I lose my life, God has protected me from the punishment of Hell.
BE ASSURED OF GOD’S POWER – Exodus 14:21-31
ONE OF THEIR (OUR) FINER MOMENTS
All of us have had our finer moments, when we said, thought, and/or did things that made us shine in the eyes of God.
- It might have been a time when we submitted to the will of God by doing what He wanted us to do.
- It might have been when we took a step of faith by giving sacrificially.
- It might have been when we took a stand for what is right!
- It might have been when we listened to or counseled a friend in need.
- It might have been when we shared the Gospel with someone who didn’t or did receive Christ as Savior.
- It might have been when we suffered physical or emotional pain by faith.
I suggest to you that God is the judge of our finer moments. Sometimes, what we think are our finer moments are not. Isaiah 55:8-9
Some of our finest moments are when we worship God sincerely! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Rejoicing is worship.
- Praying is worship.
- Thanksgiving is Worship.
Hebrews 13:15-16 – Worship includes good works and sharing.
One of Israel’s finest moments was when they worshipped after crossing the Red Sea.
Review Exodus 14.
Some of our finest moments are when we worship!
THE REASONS FOR WORSHIP – Exodus 14:30-31
- 30 – They were freed from bondage, so are we! Romans 6:4-7, Galatians 2:20
- 31 – They saw and feared. They saw and believed. Psalm 34:8-10
THE REJOICING OF WORSHIP – Exodus 15:1-2
- Rejoice because of HIS triumph.
- Rejoice because of His strength.
- Rejoice because He is our song. The only one worth singing about.
- Rejoice because He is our salvation. That alone is reason to worship Him!
- Rejoice because He is your God. You will worship a god. Make sure yours is the Lord!
- Rejoice because He is your Father’s God. Abraham. Galatians 3:7
THE REFLECTIONS IN WORSHIP – Exodus 15:3-10
- It is always great to reflect on the things God has done in you life, and let it lead you to praise!
THE REALITIES OF WORSHIP – Exodus 15:11-13
- Who is like you!
- 11 – Glorious (Majestic) in holiness.
- Fearful (Awesome) in praises
- Doing wonders
- 13 – Guidance of mercy, redemption, and strength.
- He guided them to the holy habitation in the Promised Land.
- He will guide us to glory. 2 Corinthians 5:6-9