The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground . . . 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.” (Ex. 14:15-17, 21-23).
The writer of Hebrews points out that by faith the Israelites crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land (Heb. 11:29). Before crossing the Red Sea, they lacked faith. After they heard Moses, their faith grew. By faith, they moved forward and crossed the Red Sea. But the Egyptians crossed the Red Sea, and were drowned.
What is the attitude of faith of the people of Israel? They took the risk in obedience to God. They were terrified. They were complaining. But they obeyed God. When they took the risk of crossing the Red Sea, they proved their faith in God. (James Moffatt)
Taking that risky step of faith proves your faith in God. You may be afraid like the Israelites today. You may even complain like the Israelites today. But by faith, I urge you to take that step of faith and move forward. By faith, take the risk in obedience to God’s command. Stop fearing. Stand firm. See the salvation of the LORD today!