Reading: Exodus 14
There are times when we are faced with ridiculously tall mountains, and for long periods of time stand there staring at the height of what faces us. Paralysis is an extreme reaction caused by fear, and yet in many different areas of our lives, this is just what seems to happen. We remain trapped in our fear and the walls we build to hide and protect us.
Much like the Israelites cried out 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?…(Exodus 14:11)” we often cry out to God in despair over our situations. We may feel mocked and/or played by a God we trusted.
It is natural for us to revert to our tightly built internal security systems to protect us. There is a better solution however, and it stands in obeying Moses’ order to 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 be still (Exodus 14:13-14).”
You see, that never-ending mountain in our lives is but a whisper to our God of might. In these situations He longs for us to hand over complete control. He said that His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9). He wants us to watch and marvel as He parts our Red Sea, that is, as He makes a way out of the impossible.
Right now, we very well may be walking through the Red Sea, and the high walls we see and cower from, the same forces He holds up and away from us. It is a matter of faith, trust and allowing life’s events to unfold without our limited, man-made interruptions. God does have a way for us because only He knows just how lonely, afraid, sick and tired we are.