“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” ~ Exodus 14:13-14.
The Hebrews were found in the midst of being caught between transitioning from oppression to freedom, with a deep feeling of being trapped. Perhaps this is the most well-known story in the Book of Exodus.
Their experiences demonstrate God’s love for His children and show how He intervenes in our behalf. It also reveals the importance of not allowing circumstances to paralyze us by giving oppositions authority of our lives.
In the midst of their Red Sea experience Pharaoh asked the question “Who is this Lord that I should listen to Him?” Unfortunately, this question is still being asked today by those who disobey His commands, this includes wayward Christians and those who identify as atheists, agnostics and the like.
Pharaoh was adamant about not freeing the Hebrews. In a series of plaques, God showed Pharaoh and Egypt His authority and power by: 1) turning the Nile River into to blood; 2) Frogs; 3) Swarms of flying insects; 4) Swarms of flies; 5) diseased livestock; 6) boils; 7) hail; 8) locusts; 9) three days of darkness; and 10) death of firstborn.
When facing opposition do you perpetuate in trusting the Lord—in prayer, in meditation, increasing biblical knowledge, in attitude, at home, in the workplace, in the community, and even when you are alone? One can be assured that God purpose will be accomplished through whatever means He deems. I can only imagine what Pharaoh thought when the one true living God said “You will let My people go.” However, the children of Israel escape did not go as they had perhaps planned, and surely our Red Sea experiences will be with difficulties too.
They took their eyes off God and put it on their oppositions–the Egyptians and the Red Sea. They feared they were about to die. “And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger” ~ Exodus 16:3. What about you sis? What oppositions are you are giving the authority in your life? Israelites’ experience should teach us we should not focus on our circumstances and oppositions, but to stay focus on God during our own Red Sea experiences.
The Christian journey is not always easy but it is imperative that we do not become a weak link and disconnect from God. My Red Sea experience started in 2009, and continues today with multiple health issues. Life is often challenging mentally, more so physically. But I will not doubt God’s ability to navigate through my Red Sea experience including sustaining numerous injuries resulting in several years of physical therapy and numerous surgeries. I pray without ceasing despite suffering from a concussion, chronic iron deficiency anemia, and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance–a condition that causes the body to create an abnormal protein with a slightly increased risk of developing blood and bone marrow diseases, including serious blood cancers such as multiple myeloma or lymphoma.
I hope you too are allowing God to navigate through your Red Sea experiences? He still controls my life despite more medical diagnoses of Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 2 and Hypertension. God did not allow my life to be halted even though I suffered daily with chronic pain. Regardless of being weary at times, God sustain me and I will be forever grateful. Apostle Paul said it best in II Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
What about you? Are you going to let God navigate during your Red Sea experience and not focus on the circumstances? Perhaps some of you feel as though your backs are against the wall dealing with illnesses, or death of a spouse who solely provided financially for the family, or death of another family member. Perhaps you are suffering from loneliness after a divorce or a separation. Whatever it is God can change the outcome in His will for your life. In my health experience the outlook did not appear promising, but being in the hand of God my focus stayed on Him and what was I supposed to learn. A few times I had to remind myself that I am the King’s daughter and my Heavenly Father genuinely loves me to change my outcome if it is His will. Perhaps these conditions are my thorn in the flesh. Another lesson learned from the Red Sea experience is when trouble arise, we must stand still and trust ‘I AM WHO I AM’ and not allow oppositions to cause us to be restless. Ladies, do you think about God during your Red Sea experience? Whatever you do, believe that the Lord can also deliver you in His timing if you do not allow anything to weaken your faith.
When going through your Red Sea experience remember what Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 21:21-22, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Sisters, we are pulled from all sides due to various roles of life but do not being overwhelmed cause you to grumble against God, He just might take a detour from your storms.
In conclusion, whatever your Red Sea experience is remember God allows us to be exposed to adversity. We should remain obedient, fear not, stand firm, and be silent from the sideline watching Him fight for us–even when we do not understand what is happening. God knows what He is doing and we must not allow fear to paralyze us. There is no opposition that can stay the hand of God when He chooses to act. Our obstacles are opportunities to God. Just do not look back!
“And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen” ~Exodus 14:18.