If right now, only a miracle, supernatural power, or divine intervention, can help you in your circumstances, then you are facing a red sea. But, here’s some good news for you, God still parts red seas.
Many moons ago Moses and the Israelites faced their red sea. Before them was the treacherous Red Sea; behind, the Egyptian army revengefully pursued. They couldn’t go forward and they couldn’t retreat. They were stuck between two great oppositions; the angry waves of the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s wrath .
God had won the battle on their behalf so that they could leave the land of slavery and begin the journey to freedom. However, to them, it seemed God took them out of the hot water and dropped them into the fire. They asked Moses, “What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? …It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (Exodus 14:11).
How quickly did fear envelope them? How quick were they to point fingers? How quickly did they become regretful? The joy with which they left Egypt immediately turned into sorrow. How quickly did they forget all the plagues God brought on the Egyptians just to set them free? They began to prefer their old life instead of trusting God to make a way for their new life.
But, who are we to criticize them? As you may know the story already, God parted the Red Sea and they walked through to the other side.
Are you facing a similar crisis in your life? There is hope, God still parts red seas. In our world, we will face red seas. And when we do, the first question we need to consider is, “how did I get into this red sea situation?” Surely, life has a way of leading us into red seas. Sometimes because of our own foolish or even wise decisions. Sometimes because of rebellion. Sometimes because of no fault of our own. And, sometimes God leads us to red seas to show Himself strong on our behalf.
I don’t know the reason you are facing red seas in your life, but God still parts red seas. And, don’t worry whose fault it is, God does not engage in finger pointing.
He is interested in salvation and redemption. If you go to Him in repentance and humility, He will part the waters for you according to His will. If He doesn’t, then maybe He wants to teach you how to swim, as well as He may just have an helicopter waiting to fly you over. But, He must have another way out for you. He will ensure that you get completely across.
If God has led you to red seas, because you have responded to the bidding of His spirit, then, undoubtedly He will part the waters. The people didn’t come upon the Red Sea, by mistake or happenstance. Likewise, we make decisions, take risks in life and embark upon new journeys, confident that God is leading the way. But, life leads us and sets us face to face with vast red seas. What then?
We may begin, like the Hebrews to question ourselves, feel doubtful that we did the right thing. We may even wonder if God is really in this with us. Was He with Moses and the people? Certainly! Therefore, dispel all feelings of regret if you made a decision to follow the bidding of the Spirit. God led the people from the day they left Egypt and directed them to the Promised Land, as He promised.
So if you are facing a red sea in your life right now, know that God wants to realize the following in your life.
- He wants to increase our faith. The Israelites had a huge faith problem, but their problem was no bigger than ours. Faith is important to God and the more red seas we encounter, the stronger our faith should grow.
- He wants to show His might, that He is the Lord of Host of Heaven’s armies. God wants us to develop full confidence in His abilities as the God of Heaven and Earth. Red seas are monstrous, vast and filled with impossibilities, but just like mountains He created them.
- He wants to teach us lessons: The people had numerous lessons to learn about the God that was leading them. They had numerous lesson to learn about their own failures, pride and wicked heart. Red seas will adequately show us what we are made of. It will expose both our strengths and our weaknesses, yet it will also highlight God’s forgiveness, mercy and justice.
- He wants to fulfill His promises. If the Israelites had an easy time on their journey to the Promised Land, God would not have gotten the credit. They would have patted their backs for the battles they had won and set up monuments for themselves. But red seas forces us to see God’s hand at work. God made a promise to them and He wanted to make sure that He gets the credit for its fulfillment.
If you are on a journey in which God is leading you, and you are at a red sea, God will part the waters. He parted the water for Moses and for Joshua. He parted the waters for Elijah and Elisha. If you are obediently following God’s way and will, He will part all of your red seas.
If you’re not, He will still part the waters according to His will. He wants to get you on the other side, on the path that leads to the life He created for you. I pray that you will yield to His leading.
Let’s face our red seas with confidence that God is faithful to the end, because He is.
Isaiah 43: 16, “I am the LORD, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King. Thus says the Lord, who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters.“