Posted by: kathryngraves | October 21, 2014

Red Sea Deliverance

My Bible study this morning was about the Israelite people who, having escaped from Egypt following the final plague, stood trapped on the banks of the sea. Pharoah and his chariots and horses and soldiers paced on the back side of the pillar of fiery cloud that protected the rear flank of the Israelites. The sea stretched out in front of them. There was no way out. They were cornered.

So the people cried and blamed Moses and God for getting them into this mess. In Exodus 14:10-12 we read about their terror and wishing that everything could just go back the way it was before Moses ever showed up. They were convinced they would die.

Do you find yourself in circumstances that seem impossible to escape? Does it seem like you might die? Has the doctor told you a test looks suspicious? Have lab results come back that are frightening? Did you get your pink slip at work? Maybe your spouse walked out of your marriage. Maybe a loved one is facing death, or has died and left you alone. Or your child is rebelling and engaging in risky behavior. Your finances might be a mess.

Whatever has you on edge, unable to sleep at night, terrified, know that God has a plan. He hears your cries. He knows your weaknesses better than you do. And He is just waiting for the right time to display His power and glory.

The only reason the Israelites found themselves on the edge of the sea is that God knew they would turn back to Egypt if they ran up against an army who fought them. So it was no surprise to Him when they cried and complained as Pharaoh’s army approached. But He had a plan.

Exodus 14:13-14 records Moses’ comforting words to the people. Verse 14 says, “The Lord will fight for you. You must be quiet.” (HCSB) I can just hear it. Moses shushing the people as he would a child.

God does the same for us. He holds us in His arms and hushes our cries like a mother calming her baby. He is holding you, whispering “Hush now. I’ve got you.”

Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (NKJV) The last part of verse 9 says, “May He answer us on the day that we call.”

My prayer for you is that you will recognize the power and glory of God available to you. That when you cry to Him, He will answer you today. Get ready. God is about to blow open a way out of your circumstances that you never could have imagined. He blew the water out of the way of the Israelites. He will deliver you in His time, in His way, and when He does everyone will know that He is Lord.

One caveat. We need to remember that the Israelites had to obey God and walk between those walls of water. They already had witnessed the horror of the plagues and the final night of death all around them. They had followed the instructions for the last night in Egypt called Passover. It had all seemed strange and awful to them, I’m sure. But they still obeyed. I’m also sure that when they got out, they thought all the bad stuff was over with. They never expected to end up in what looked like a death trap.

Our circumstances may go from bad to worse before they change for the better. It is our job to obey what we know God is saying to us. To follow the instructions we find in the Bible for how to live our lives. To trust, even when we cannot see the way out. Remember, He is waiting for the right moment to reveal His glory. It will be something you’ll never forget.

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