My parents got me a Chronological Bible for Christmas. Today I reached the portion where the Israelites have made it out of Egypt and are at the edge of the Red Sea and the Egyptians are bearing down on them. I’m going to start us out in Exodus 14:10b-12:
They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”
LOL! I totally know this feeling. God walks you into a situation and it looks totally hopeless – so you get upset with God and start complaining to someone nearby. But see in this case, God already talked to Moses about what was going on. So here’s his response in v13-14:
But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Just stay calm. This is where our faith is shown. We’ve trusted God enough to let Him walk us to the Red Sea, but when we are there faced with the seeming impossibility of a positive outcome… that is the moment our faith is truly tested. But if we truly trust in Him, we should be able to be calm. To rest in the shalom of the Lord.
Lest you think this is just one example of God making impossible situations only to show up in a big way, consider a few more examples:
- The Lord whittling Gideon‘s army from 22,000 to 300 to give him the victory against the Midianites
- God has Noah build an ark in the middle of land when it had never rained ever before
- Abraham and Sarah giving birth to Issac years after God had promised and when Abraham was 100 and Sarah wasn’t far behind
- Priests crossing the Jordan river with the Ark of the Covenant, waiting as river passed by before the land dried up in front of them
- The walls of Jericho coming down from the Israelites marching around it seven times and shouting and blowing horns on the seventh time
The fact of the matter is that God likes showing up in a big way when the odds appear to be against Him. It brings Him glory! And (hopefully) in the process, builds our faith.
I (like many others I’m sure) am in a season where I am waiting for my proverbial red sea to part. I’ve walked where I’ve sensed God has led me and now I am waiting for Him to do what He does… be God 🙂
Lord, I just pray for all those who find themselves in this season of waiting on Your faithfulness. I pray for grace and shalom in the midst of the onslaught of our senses. We choose to trust You at Your word for You are God – You are not a man that You should lie – and You are faithful to Your children. Be glorified in our lives! In Jesus’ mighty name I pray…