Where are you today? Are you holding up during one of the worst seasons of your life? Are hopes and dreams and desires finding themselves to look completely impossible? Is everything you thought God would give you by now or you thought He promised looking to be the last possible thing that could happen right now? If so, you are at the banks of the Red Sea.
Nearly everyone knows the story of how God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites, but few know all the massive details that went into this miracle. See, after a long season of negotiations the Pharaoh of Egypt finally allowed the Israelites to go free. Over two million of them headed out for the Promised Land of Canaan, but after such a victory there was another issue up around the river bend. (Pocahontas reference).
Exodus 14:1-4 shares, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 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.”
What this means is that the original planned route was altered so that it would become more difficult, but God was setting them up for a miracle. Pharaoh’s heart was heated and he decided not to just let over two million slaves leave, not after all the plagues Egypt had seen trying to hold on to them so firmly. Moses led the caravan of these two million people and they found themselves at the banks of the Red Sea. Now, the Red Sea is no tiny pond one can wade through or hop over; it is a massive body of water. To make matters more difficult, an entire army of hotheaded Egyptians were on their tails. The Israelites had been all grown up as slaves, so they had no idea how to fight an army. They saw the choices before them to drown or die by the sword. They felt abandoned.
How often are we too metaphorically in this spot? Where it seems there is no possible way out or option in which we come out the other side? At times we may even find ourselves screaming at God for He was the One Who led us down this marked path and now everything is in disarray. Perhaps we saw the first leg of success and rejoiced in His faithfulness just to turn around and everything looks ten times worse than before. You are not the first ones to feel such feelings. The Israelites even asked if the sole reason God brought them out to the desert was because there was more room for graves out there? But God wasn’t finished yet.
Moses was the leader of this group at the time, and he took orders from God. Moses knew God, He had seen His power and His sovereignty in his life, so he knew there would be a way out. He assured the Israelites to, “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. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (v. 13-14). Then God came through. Just as everything looked as hopeless as ever, God came through. He told Moses to merely lift his arm and then before their eyes the Red Sea parted.
The entire group of two million people walked across not in mud, but on dry land. On each side was a skyscraper of water as they passed through the waters. Then as the Egyptians attempted to cross, the waters fell upon them and they were wiped out. God took care of each and every single one. He kept true to His word that not only would the Israelites see Who God was, but so would the Egyptians. God protects His own.
God is never changing, His character remains steadfast forever, as is true in the New Testament and today as well. Jesus says in John 13:7, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but one day you will.” We can also see in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
We may not get the Red Sea parting each and every single time, but we can know that He will indeed work all things together for our good and His purpose and glory. How beautiful is that?
I write this yes as a blog, but also as a reminder to myself. Last week I found myself weeping at the banks of the Red Sea. Feeling confused and lost on this journey He has asked me to trust and follow Him in, but I realize that He came through for people who trusted and followed Him before, and He will do it again. 1 Samuel 15:29 says, “God is not a man that He should lie or change His mind,” and we can hold on to that promise. He is Who He says He is, and just as His eye is on a mere sparrow, His eye is on us too.
By: Cally Logan