When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they felt freedom for the first time in generations. (Exodus 14:13-31 documents their story.)
As they walked away, they realized all the spirit-breaking and spine-weakening oppression that had been a part of their everyday existence… no longer held them.
Can you imagine the excitement and anticipation they must have felt as they stepped out of the gates that defined not only the city, but their lives, too?
Oh, I can so relate to that.
I can remember several times I’ve walked away from bondage. I know that heart-pounding feeling of freedom as I left a state of slavery behind.
With every step, those stresses and worries fell from your shoulders. You breathed deeper. Joy presented itself… again.
You felt hope.
And as you walked farther and farther away from your oppressor, you took that one last glance back and saw it coming for you. It wasn’t ready to let you walk away that easily.
The Israelites saw their worst nightmare come for them, too. As they looked back, they saw Pharaoh and his army coming after them.
The problem was they found themselves on the beach of the Red Sea… an impassable body of water.
They were stuck.
Little did they realize… God was positioning them for a miracle.
By setting the stage with this seemingly hopeless collision, He was preparing to show the Israelites that He was their nation’s protector. God wanted them to see the He was their deliverer.
Simply put… It was an opportunity for God to be God.
Imagine the instantaneous faith-building that occurred when the Israelites safely crossed to the other side of the sea only to see the waters close up and swallow Pharaoh’s army.
I wonder if they fell to their knees in praise and thanksgiving. Maybe they raised their voices in worship. Either way, they were able to celebrate the goodness of God.
His plan to earn the trust of the Israelites worked… at least for a while.
Sisters, God uses those Red Sea circumstances in our lives, too. He is positioning us for a faith-growing miracle. And when our situation looks bleak… it’s really an opportunity for God to be God.
What are you facing?
- A diagnosis that offers little hope of healing.
- A marriage with too much water under the bridge.
- A financial situation that has no end in sight.
- An addiction you cannot seem to walk away from.
- A child walking the path of destruction.
I know Red Sea circumstances are never easy.
But maybe we need to realize… we’re being positioned for a miracle.