“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.”
In the passage above, God delivers the Israelites from the pursuit of the Egyptians by splitting the Red Sea. After the Israelites walked through on dry ground, the sea immediately closed and drowned all of the Egyptians who attempted to follow. While in today’s world you may not walk on water, or physically see God divide the sea before you, he is still making a way for you.
Life will present with many painful realities and circumstances that seem crushing. Perhaps it’s mental illness, struggles with finances, marital troubles; disgruntled children or loss, all of which seem to be enough to defeat you and leave you feeling like you fled Egypt to die in the desert like the Israelites felt. Yet, the same God who led the Israelites out of enslavement leads you through all of the red seas you may face. God will make a way where we think there is no way. Through our red seas he makes a path and leads us. It could also be said that God brings us to impassable “red seas” so that we can be humbled and better rely on him. In moments of life that seem defeating or where we feel doomed to drown, God is showing us our need for him and his constant guidance.
Shortly before the passage above, God had miraculously delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians. Yet, shortly after all of the plagues and Pharaoh’s release, the Israelites found themselves in the desert facing imminent death. Their fear overwhelmed them and they were unable to recall the miracles that had taken place just days before. The Israelites mindset is a relatable one. Perhaps you too have found yourself wondering why God brought you here. Has God forgotten me in midst of my troubles and suffering? Why had God plagued me and my family with illness, financial troubles, death, etc.?
As followers of Christ we must not let our fear let us become irrational so that we forget that God is going before us making a path for us. We must remember that he uses the “red seas” of our lives to further grow our trust and dependence in Him. We need to learn to respond to life’s circumstances with a greater trust, and an expectation that God will deliver us and will lead us through the crashing waves of a painful sea.
Help me to understand that my circumstances are no accident. God help me to see and understand that you are making a clear path for me to walk on dry land, and help grow my trust in you.
In Jesus’ Name,