Don’t Panic! It’s Just a Set-Up


Exodus 14:13-14 (NLT) 13 But Moses told the people “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

What do you do when God sets you up? You have been praying for direction, praying for deliverance, and seeking Him daily for help. You hear His voice say this is the way, walk therein.  Then all of a sudden you look up to see the very thing that held you in bondage was about to overtake you.  You have come face to face with your enemy.  Your thoughts begin to run wild, heart pounding, and you are sweating profusely.  You try to convince yourself that it is not true, God did not betray me. But your eyes are telling you otherwise.  You then hear Him speak calm to your spirit. Don’t panic, it’s just a set-up. This enemy you see today, you will not see anymore.  You will not be consumed; however your enemy will be destroyed before your very eyes!

This scenario describes the children of Israel’s trek out of Egypt. Much like the children of Israel the Lord has been leading many of us to what looks like a dead-end. Is it to destroy us?  No, of course not; it is to strengthen and fortify us.  It is to destroy our enemy in our very presence.    The Lord desires to do a new thing for you today.  He wants to create a river in the desert, make a way in the wilderness, just as He did for the children of Israel.  When they began to move forward at the Lord’s command, the Red Sea parted before them and they walked on dry ground.  Pharaoh and his army pursued and were overtaken by the sea.

Again I say, don’t panic, it is just a set-up.  The enemy you see today in the form of debt, lack, sickness, shame, brokenness, etc. you will see no more, if you continue to follow the Lord’s lead.   Just as Moses spoke to the children of Israel on that day, I say to you now, fear not, don’t panic, be still and see the salvation of God.  Stand firm, confident, unmovable, knowing that the Lord will fight on your behalf.  Your victory is assured!

Grace and Peace,


© Mary Pinckney,  February 2013

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