Kemuliaan Allah di Masa Sulit

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Keluaran 14:1-8 | Pdt. Paulus Surya

Crossing the Red Sea (Listen)

14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD.” And they did so.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him, and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the people of Israel while the people of Israel were going out defiantly.

13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

19 Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, 20 coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night.

Kadang-kadang Allah mengizinkan kita berada dalam keadaan sulit untuk menyatakan kemuliaanNya. Apa saja kemuliaan Allah yang seringkali dinyatakan saat kita di dalam keadaan sulit?

Menyediakan jalan keluar di tengah kebuntuan
Umat Israel ada di dalam keadaan terjepit karena di depan mereka adalah lautan lepas, sedangkan di belakang mereka adalah tentara Firaun. Di sisi kanan dan kiri juga adalah jajaran gunung batu dan benteng penjagaan Mesir. Di tengah keadaan buntu seperti ini, hanya ada satu jalan keluar, yaitu pertolongan dari atas (ayat 1-14). Keadaan ini menggambarkan manusia berdosa yang hanya bisa selamat jika ada pertolongan dari atas, yaitu Yesus yang datang ke dunia.

Memimpin di depan dan menjaga di belakang
Ayat 19 mencatat, “Kemudian bergeraklah Malaikat Allah, yang tadinya berjalan di depan tentara Israel, lalu berjalan di belakang mereka; dan tiang awan itu bergerak dari depan mereka, lalu berdiri di belakang mereka.” Ini menunjukkan bahwa Allah memimpin di depan dan menjaga di belakang umatNya (lihat Yesaya 52:12b). Allah selalu menuntun kita
mengatasi kekuatiran masa depan dan juga kepahitan masa lalu.

Membuat kita melihat terang saat orang lain melihat gelap
Ayat 20 mencatat bahwa tiang awan yang sama, dilihat orang Israel sebagai terang sedangkan oleh orang Mesir sebagai kegelapan. Bagi kita yang percaya kepada Kristus, maka Tuhan akan memampukan kita untuk melihat realita kehidupan, bahkan penderitaan, dengan perspektif yang benar. Bergaullah dengan Tuhan melalui FirmanNya sehingga kita dapat bertumbuh di dalam memiliki sudut pandang yang benar terhadap kehidupan ini.

Ringkasan kotbah Pdt. Paulus Surya, 25 Juli 2021