“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea.
The LORD drove the sea back with a powerful east wind all that night
and turned the sea into dry land. So the waters were divided,
and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground,
with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left.”
When Nothing but a Miracle Will Do
I’m a big empathizer. So when I read a passage of Scripture like this, no matter how familiar, I put myself in the place of each character.
I try to get inside Moses’ head and heart. I try to imagine what he was thinking and feeling at this exact moment. He was called to lead and had already done the unimaginable — rescuing all of God’s people out of slavery and away from Pharaoh. No one saw that coming. Even Israel’s freedom was an answer to thousands of prayers. How and when their release from bondage would come was a mystery. Until this moment in history.
Moses was at the end of his resources, his back against a sea that looked more like an ocean. Pharaoh’s soldiers, following orders to bring Israel back, were quickly approaching. But Moses knew God and he knew God kept His word.
The physical world told Moses that evil would succeed and the worst was yet to come. Maybe Moses was fighting the feelings of insecurity, wondering how a loving God could leave them to die. Or maybe Moses was confident and excited about how God would glorify Himself through this epic moment. Moses knew God could do anything and God loved His people enough to come through for them.
Even post-miracle, leaving Egypt with wealth and their first taste of freedom, Moses was in tune to God. He didn’t start to plan his house in the Promised Land or create a retirement for his future, maybe checking in with God a little later.
Moses stuck closely to the Lord and continued to listen and obey every word, no matter how ridiculous. Moses believed and “stretched out his hand over the sea.”
I’m so grateful God includes us in His miracles and the amazing story He’s writing.
Something that struck me while reading this very familiar story was the Israelites were privileged to watch God do His miracle for them.
The LORD drove the sea back with a powerful east wind all that night and turned the sea into dry land.
The Israelites were placed in this position not to panic, but to see God move for them — up close and personal.
Moses and the Israelites had a choice — to focus on Pharaoh’s army gaining ground on them or focus on God driving back the sea all night on their behalf. When we’re cornered, the enemy has spent years trying to convince us there’s no hope or we begin to believe God really can’t rescue us from this one, we can focus on the miracle God is doing.
Even in the secret of night, God is working out His miracles in His perfect timing.
God keeps His promises no mater what the circumstances look like; society and the natural have to obey Him.
So the waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left.
God provided the path for their rescue. He followed through on His promises. He answered their prayers in a way that only He could accomplish, glorifying Himself to this day with a story we tell our children.
It doesn’t have to look like parting a sea, but each of us knows when God shows up to to save us and glorify Himself. Lets praise Him in the comments today!
Share with us how God has driven back the waters for you?
When did God perform an act of love for you no one could have imagined?
What does your dry ground of rescue look like today?