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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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In The Face Of Fear

In the Face of Fear

By Carolyn Dale Newell

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. Isaiah 43:2a NKJV

She hushed the sobs of her infant son. Jochebed nestled him close to her chest as she began feeding him. Each day, it grew more difficult to hide her growing baby.

She had concealed her blossoming belly during her last months of pregnancy. For three months, the family had successfully kept the newborn’s presence a secret, especially from the Egyptians. Soon, someone would find out either from the baby’s cries or the stench of dirty diapers. Now, it was time to follow Pharaohs’ command and cast her male child into the river.

Jochebed’s family gathered the pitch, asphalt, and bull rushes needed to construct a miniature ark, a little waterproof cradle for baby Moses.

Fear had stared them in the face daily. Fear of the Egyptians. Fear of losing their other children. Fear of death. Now, as Jochebed kissed her baby tenderly, images flashed through her mind. Crocodiles could devour him. Mosquitos could feast upon him. The Egyptians could still kill him, but Jochebed trusted God.

Born in the priestly line of Levi, Moses parents knew this baby boy was special. Jochebed sent her daughter, Miriam, to   watch what might happen to her little brother as he drifted among the reeds. As God providentially planned, Pharaohs’ daughter came to the river bank to bathe. She saw the little ark among the reeds. Her maids retrieved it for her. She heard the cries of the abandoned child, and she was filled with compassion for him. She kept him for her own. Miriam slipped out from her hiding spot and offered to find a Hebrew woman to nurse him. Pharaohs’ daughter gladly hired Jochebed to care for Moses.

The family of Moses saw the face of fear constantly, but in the face of fear, they chose faith. Faith is cautious. Wisdom told the family not to flaunt the baby’s presence. Faith acted in wisdom to keep him under wraps.

Faith rewards. Jochebed received the great joy of welcoming little Moses back to her home. She raised her child while Pharaoh’s daughter paid her wages. Many years later, Israel reaped the rewards of Jochebed’s faith when Moses delivered them out of Egypt.

In Scripture, water often symbolizes trouble. This Israelite family was troubled about their child. The floating ark Moses rested in is the same Hebrew word used for Noah’s ark. The ark represents Christ. When we are in Christ, He delivers us out of our troubles. In the same way, Moses was rescued from the Nile, Christ rescues His own.

What fear do you face today? Does it concern your family, your job, or your health? Is it a dangerous situation? Is it a fear of being shunned or rejected?

Today, you have a choice. You can choose fear and live paralyzed in your situation, or you can choose faith. Faith frees. Fear freezes. Choose faith, and reap the rewards that accompany a life of faith.

Lord God, increase our faith. Give us the courage to choose faith, not submitting to fear. We have nothing to fear because You are in control. Thank You,In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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