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Your Red Sea Moment

YOUR RED SEA MOMENT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

And the Lord said to Moses, but lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

Exodus 14:16 NKJV

I stand at the water’s edge, waves lapping at my ankles. An occasional spray of sea foam brushes my cheek. I look back to see Pharaoh’s army approaching. In the distance, they appear as a multitude of ants invading a Sunday picnic. Their horses and chariots roar like thunder in the distance. This is my Red Sea moment, and it might be yours too.

The medical dilemma that leaves your family with no really good choice. The relationship with your spouse, parent, or child that pleads for divine intervention. The financial woes that threaten to pull you under.

The Red Sea is infamous because God parted the waters for Moses and the Israelites to cross over. But before there was a miracle, there was a mess. One with no good solution. One without any hope. It is one of those messes only God can wipe up.

The children of Israel cried out to God. They complained to their leader.

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Ex. 14:13-14 NKJV)

Then God told Moses to lift up his rod. It must have puzzled Moses at first. Can you picture the look on Moses’ face when God told him to stretch out his rod? What is that going to accomplish? Those folks were already upset with Moses. Now God wanted him to look stupid?

When we have our Red Sea moments, God might ask something illogical of us too. Actually, if you’re not sure you are hearing God, ask yourself if it sounds reasonable? If it does, it probably isn’t God.

God asked Noah to build an ark before raindrops had ever fallen from heaven. He asked Abraham for a child sacrifice. Elisha told Naaman to dip seven times in the dirty Jordan River to receive healing.

God often gives us  a senseless task before He sends His miracle.

God has told me to lift my rod. This is one of great expense, but I will trust God to provide. I am obeying my heavenly Father.

Are you on the shores of your Red Sea? Have you heard from God? The thing that makes the least amount of sense? The question remains: will you wait helplessly, or will you follow in the footsteps of Moses, stretch out your rod, and watch the waters part?

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the Red Sea moments. They are the times we will see You work through the impossible. They are the times when faith is revealed. We praise You for the miracles You will accomplish in our times of distress. In the sweet name of Jesus, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Exodus 14:7-30.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle to act in faith when God directs you? Why? Find a promise from Scripture that you can pray and hold onto while you wait.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Ditch the Doubt

 

 

DITCH THE DOUBT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind

James 1:6 NKJV

Leukemia and bone marrow transplants are pretty scary stuff. Even before my husband was given 12-18 months to live, I was doubtful God would heal him. After Timmy decided the transplant was not for him, my doubts increased. He had no peace about the transplant, but I had no peace at all. I was a young Christian, and I was afraid to trust God’s will because I feared He would allow my husband to die.

When you hit a brick wall, God often redirects you, and that is what happened with us. A clinical trial for an experimental drug opened up, and God used that drug not only to save Timmy’s life, but the lives of many others.

My faith has increased since those earlier days. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Like any Christian, I want to please my heavenly Father with complete trust.

Why do we doubt? We may not fully understand the depths of God’s love, provision, and power. Some question God as to why trials come into our lives. Others become angry. Unchecked, doubt can keep us from praying.

If you are struggling with doubt today, you are not alone. Once we realize what an affront doubt is to God, we can work on our faith. FAITH – “For All I Trust Him”. That little word, “all”, means no doubt, not a single one! That occurs when we believe God is working for our good and His glory. We must desire God’s will, but we also must trust it. Faith grows when we slam the door on doubt.

MEMORY VERSE

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6 (NKJV)

OPEN YOUR BIBLE

Read James 1:5-8. What does the doubtful person expect from God? Can you remember a time when you felt like the ocean waves: one time you trust God to answer your prayer, but the next time you were doubtful?

THE NAMES OF GOD

El Emunah – The Faithful God

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;” Deut. 7:9 NKJV

Our Father is El Emunah, the faithful God, even when we are not faithful, He is always faithful. When we doubt that He will answer our prayers and we are anxious about the circumstances, He is still faithful to His promises. When we think about God as El Emunah, it should provoke trust in us – trust that our faithful God will hear our prayers and answer.

WALKING THE WALK

Recall your trials and how God has been faithful. Ask God to increase your faith – your trust in Him.

Our Father,

You are so patient with us. Forgive us when we doubt and don’t trust You like we should. You are our loving Father who only wants good for us. Fill us with Your desires, and remove selfish ones. That way, we can pray without a single doubt that You will answer. Amen.

 

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