Crossing the Red Sea
By Tal Haroni
Finally, it happened! The Israelites are out of Egypt! They are free at last! They are standing at the door to a new future, a new land, a land of freedom. The plagues are over, slavery is over – there is probably much excitement in the air.
But, soon they found out that the battle was not done yet. Pharaoh is about to chase them down. Though he suffered greatly from the plagues, and even though his crown prince was killed because of his disobedience, he doesn’t give up. After he hears that the Israelites are in the middle of the desert, he sets on going to find them and destroy them completely.
“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians marching after them, and they were terrified and cried out to the LORD.” Exodus 14:10
It seems like God brought the Israelites to a dead end with Pharaoh and his armies on their back and the sea in front of them. I can imagine how they all filled with horror, beginning to doubt God’s and Moses’ intentions. They complain to Moses, saying they were better off staying enslaved to Pharaoh and left to die in Egypt than going through all of that.
[It reminds me of myself, when God asks me to give Him something that enslaves me, yet I don’t want to go through the freedom process. It seems much easier to stay in submission to my own habits and lusts.]
“But Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the LORD’s salvation, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”” Exodus 14:13-14
Moses encourages them, he stands in faith for them. It wasn’t easy for him. Maybe he looked at the desert and thought to himself, how would God save us now? He had faith in God, but it seems the situation looked dire, where would they go? What would God do now? I don’t think Moses thought God could part the sea, not because he didn’t think God could do it, I just don’t think he thought of this as a solution.
A miracle, by definition, can only happen in extraordinary circumstances, after all human attempts have failed.
God loves to save us and manifest His glory in our lives. He’s not scared of hard and impossible situations, on the contrary.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;
but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
Lately, I’ve been facing a Red Sea situation. I have to move out of my apartment by the end of the month. There was an opening of a beautiful apartment, then, last week it fell through. I was very disappointed but hopeful. Then I started to look for new solutions. Every single one of them was closed before me. I can only believe that God has something good for me.
So if you too have a spiritual or physical need and don’t see a human solution. If you get more desperate for God’s intervention every day. If you too feel that God is pushing you into a corner. Don’t be discouraged! It might be that God wants to do something above and beyond your thoughts and dreams. Something that is better than what you could think for yourself. Hold on. Don’t lose hope. God is faithful! He will always have a greater way than we do. He loves you and has a wonderful plan set before you.