As I recorded Pastor Dave’s message to the congregation on Monday, a part of his message really resonated with me. The part of the message that really resonated with my heart was when he said “I am not thankful for the situation we are in but I am thankful and praising God for what He is doing within the situation”. This immediately had my mind racing to think about all the ways God is working in this time, how He will guide us and how He will make a way out of this situation for us all.
Throughout scripture we see story after story of God leading His people through tough times and making a way for them. One clear example of this is in the book of Exodus as God was leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Guided by a pillar of cloud away from Egypt, the Israelites found themselves in a very vulnerable position; trapped between the impassible seas to the east, the mountains to the south and west, and Pharaoh’s armies to the north. We read in the book of Exodus:
Moses told all the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm”….. Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side. (Exodus 14: 13-14, 21-22)
God had shown himself as Redeemer when his people were purchased out of Egypt by the blood of the Passover lamb. Now God was showing himself as Savior as he demonstrated his power, ushering his people through the clutches of death.
In opening up the Red Sea to make a way through death for his people, God was foreshadowing how He would one day miraculously make a way through death for all those who come to Him by faith through His Son, Jesus. Just as God destroyed the power of Pharaoh over the Israelites at the Red Sea, so the resurrection of Jesus broke the power of death over His people.
Although it is not always crystal clear in the midst of the situation, we can be certain that God is with us and that He is at work. As we face this time of challenge, let us praise God for all that we know He is doing and be thankful. Let us trust Jesus in this time and seek His way. Our Deliverer has raised His rod against all powers that are against us and He will provide a way forward.
Prayer – Lord Jesus; When I come to my own Red Sea, may I trust that you are my Deliverer. Help me to walk forward with you through the Sea of troubles in the way that you provide. May I always trust in the power of your resurrection.
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