The approach of the Egyptian army terrified the Israelites, and they placed heavy pressure on Moses to handle this crisis. Moses didn’t panic, since he had seen the power of God’s handiwork. Instead, he exuded both poise and peace, winning for himself great credibility as a leader. Through one incident he became the nation’s “go to” leader. Note what gave him credibility:
- He projected calm instead of craziness. “Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today’ ” (Ex 14:13).
- He projected confidence instead of cowardice. “The Egyptians you see today you will never see again” (Ex 14:13).
- He projected clarity instead of confusion. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on’ ” (Ex 14:15).
- He projected competence instead of clumsiness. “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left” (Ex 14:21–22).
Taken from NIV The Maxwell Leadership Bible