You ask, “God, why can’t I move in any direction?” You can’t go forward, you can’t go left, you can’t go right, and you certainly can’t go back. Frustrating, frustrating, frustrating! Is it sin? Is it judgement? Has God forgot about me? Is God angry with me? Does God care? Where is God in all of this you ask. I’m sure Moses & the Israelites had this in mind as they contemplated their situation before the Red Sea with there eyes and pondered it in their hearts. The worst was coming at them, the bible says in Exodus 14:8,9 NIV “The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.” Exodus 14:11,12 NIV continues to says the Israelites said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Was it better to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert? I suppose in the natural, probably most would agree… yes. However, God doesn’t start something without finishing it! Oh praise be to the name of our God & Father who manifests His great power in our weakness!
When you can’t go forward, you can’t go left, you can’t go right and you certainly can’t go back, if God is involved, and He always is… you are being set-up for a mighty miracle of God! This is why Paul could say in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” When Paul was weak, God was moving through Him and into the lives of others, miracles were happening. When you’re weak in yourself to do, do, do, God takes on the responsibility to do, do, do, and oh boy does He work miracles… have faith in God! He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The God who moved at the Old Testament Red Sea, is the exact same God that is involved in your life today and He still acts, He still moves, He is just waiting for the right time to display His wonders in your life. Isaiah 64:4 NIV says, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
Let’s remember what God has done…
Exodus 14:13-31 NIV say, 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.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.
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.
The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”
Blessings & Honor & Glory & Power to the Ancient of Days who watches over and helps His people! Again, He is the same yesterday, today & FOREVER!!!
Psalm 106:7-12 NIV says, “When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for His name’s sake, to make his mighty power known. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert. He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them. The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived. Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.”