So you have taken your first steps out of fear and anxiety. You are now on the road to exit depression. You have taken a step of faith and you have decided to accept the Passover lamb Jesus as your sacrifice for your sins. You have decided to believe in the Word of God and you are on your way out of Egypt (out of slavery to fear, anxiety and depression); but then those thoughts and feelings start to come back, you ask yourself, is this not working for me?
The Israelites found themselves in a similar situation very shortly after leaving Egypt:
“When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart towards the people, and they said, ‘What is this that we have done? We have let Israel go from serving us!”
When the enemy (who’s only aim is to steal, kill and destroy) realize that you have been set free he will try and chase after you with thoughts of doubt and fear, just like Pharaoh chased after the Israelites. He will try the same tactic he has always used; he will try and make you doubt God’s word and his promises asking, “Did God really say?” He will chase after you trying to take you back to captivity and sadly many times we allow ourselves to be taken back there. But you have to allow him to take you back there he has no power to drag you back there if you remain in God’s word and under his wing.”
“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians marching after them, and they were very frightened; so the Israelites cried out to the Lord.”
The emotion of fear in itself is not a sin and there is also a healthy kind of fear, the kind of fear that keeps you from sticking your hand into a pot of boiling water but when you start to make your decisions based on fear or live in almost constant fear that causes anxiety and depression then you are bowing to a spirit of fear and when fear knocks at your door you need to send faith to answer the door. Are you going to panic? No, you are going to call on God in prayer.
“Then Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid! Take your stand [Be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today: for those Egyptians you have seen today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you while you only need to keep silent and remain calm.”
To stand is an action, it’s not sitting, to stand you need ground to stand on and that ground is the word of God. If you are going to stand your ground on the word of God you need to get the word of God into you. You need to be calm and silent in speaking your fear but you need to be standing your ground and confessing God’s word about and over your situation. But we also see that you will have to speak to your situation in the Lord’s name. Like Moses you will need to lift your staff (the word) over the sea (the problem). Look at the situation the Israelites found themselves in, they had a sea before them and an army chasing behind them. They had to call on God. Here we see that God decided to take them safely through one of their problems and to take away permanently another one of their problems, a problem they had been captive to for a very long time.
“As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the sons of Israel may go through the middle of the sea on dry land”
“The Angel of God, who had been going in front of the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them. The pillar of the cloud moved from in front and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel. It was a cloud along with darkness [even by day to the Egyptians] but it gave light by night [to the Israelites] so one army did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all that night and turned the seabed into dry land, and the waters were divided.”
Moses had to speak to his problem and while the Angel of the Lord kept them safe from the enemy on one side He provided a way out for them on the other side. But they also had a promise that they would never see that enemy again, we pick up the story again in verse 24
Exodus 14:24 -26
“So it happened at the early mornings watch [before dawn], that the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and put them in a state of confusion. He made their chariot wheels hard to turn, and the chariots difficult to drive; so the Egyptians said ‘Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, on their war chariots and their charioteers.”
“The Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore.
In the next Chapter we meet Joshua, it’s been a few years and the Israelites are about to enter the Promised Land. What are their orders from God? What are your orders from God in how to deal with your fear, anxiety and depression?