so great a purpose
What’s your struggle? I ask because I’m reading today the account of the Israelites passing through the Red Sea on dry ground with a fresh appreciation for how God orchestrates events in our lives.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” Desperation. Right when they think death in Egypt would have been a better option than death in the dessert, Moses raises his staff and stretches forth his hand over the Red Sea as directed by the Lord. The sea opens up and the Israelites cross with the Egyptians in hot pursuit.
God knew this would happen. He saw Pharaoh’s hardened heart and allowed him to have proximity to His children, the Israelites. He planned for the demise of the hundreds of Egyptian officers on chariots. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.”
Here’s what I’m feasting on today: God directed His people along a specific route out of Egypt and into the dessert. He allowed the enemy army to appear to be a threat. He delivered Israel safely to the other side of the Red Sea and destroyed the pursuers. God has so great a purpose in the way He leads us. Ultimately, His glory is His aim (Exodus 14:4).
But here’s a tasty morsel to chew on in light of our own moments of desperation. Consider the future that was ahead for Israel: bigger enemy armies and great fear. However, the Lord’s fame goes ahead of them and strikes an even greater fear in those whom they will oppose! Rahab of Jericho expressed the terror that had seized her city when she spoke with two Israelite spies. “We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt… when we heard it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and the earth below” (Joshua 2: 10-11).
Can we just trust God when things get tough? Can we see how He is making a way not only in the current struggle but also in the battles ahead? He is faithful, friend. He has not brought you out of bondage to destroy you. He is showing you His power so that you may know He alone is God. He is displaying His nature to the world through your trusting heart and your obedient steps forward. “Move on.”
Scripture reference: Exodus 13:17- 14:31, NIV.