Life Interrupted

Part 2 – A Better Normal

Exodus 14:10-14

July 12, 2020
Libin Abraham, Pastor of Multi-Site

INTRODUCTION

In times of uncertainty, we reach back to what is normal because

• Normal is familiar

• Normal is predictable

• Normal is controllable

 

When our life is interrupted, we often desire to go back to normal; but what if God is calling us not back to an old normal, but forward to a better normal?

The direction of our faith always moves us forward, not backwards.

 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

 

1. THE OLD NORMAL

Sometimes we prefer the normal we once did not even like because at least the old normal was a known normal.

There might be negatives in our old normal that we are meant to leave behind permanently.

Exodus 14:10-12 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

Exodus 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this.

 

A. Fear: Fear blinds us to what could be and binds us to what has been.

Exodus 14:10 “…They were terrified and cried out to the LORD”

 

B. Out of fear, we assume the worst.

Exodus 14:11 “They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?”

 

C. Out of fear, we criticize and place blame.

Exodus 14:11-12a They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’?

 

D. Out of fear, we settle for less because it’s familiar.

Exodus 14:12b “…It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

 

2. A BETTER NORMAL

Exodus 14:13-14 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

 

A. A Better Normal will require our faith in God to rise above the fear in us.

Exodus 14: 13(a) Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.”

• Fear is diminished not by denying reality but by taking the focus off of the enemy and putting it back on God.

 

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  

• The pressure to do the impossible is not on us, it’s on God.

 

B. A Better Normal will require leaving behind what was familiar, but also harmful.

Exodus 14:13 (b) The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

 

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

 

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us

• Two things that will keep a person from a better normal: Sins that ensnare us and weights that hinder us.

 

C. A Better Normal will require us to be still and move only at the pace of God’s Grace.

Exodus 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

• God works when we trust and rest.

 

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

• Stillness is our response when we acknowledge who really is God.

  

Psalm 62:5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.