Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. Exodus 14:13, NIV
To attract younger viewers, the International Olympic Committee is considering adding sports like skateboarding and breakdancing to future games. Next to come? Obstacle Course Racing may show up at the 2028 Los Angeles Summer games. OCR, as it’s called, is a race in which competitors try to overcome physical challenges in the form of obstacles. They must scale walls, crawl through mud, squirm under barb wire, jump through fire, and endure all kinds of hardships and hurdles.
Perhaps OCR is so popular because it’s indicative of life. All the biblical heroes faced roadblocks. Joseph was enslaved; Job was afflicted; Paul was arrested; Elisha was ridiculed; John was exiled. And how about the Israelites at the Red Sea? Talk about an obstacle course! They were trapped with an entire sea blocking them. But the Lord had a message for them, and it’s for us too: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.”
There are no obstacles in our Lord’s path. There is no hindering of His plan. Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch to see what He will do.
When obstacles and trials seem like prison walls to be, I do the little I can do, and leave the rest to Thee.
Frederick W. Faber, “I Worship Thee, Most Gracious God”
Trapped, Exodus 14 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study