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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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Incense Rising Online Study 9

Are you in a storm? Are you coming out of one? Can you recall a trial where you saw the hand of God? Trials serve to strengthen our faith.

There was a widow in Zarephath who needed greater faith. When we meet her in 1 Kings 17:10, she has given up. The famine that Elijah had prayed for was in the land, and she was out of food. This distressed widow is preparing her son’s last meal before they die.

Read 1 Kings 17. What were the two requests Elijah made of the widow?

How did Elijah try to sooth the widow’s fears?

What was the first miracle the widow witnessed?

Do you ever feel like you come out of one storm and head right into another? This widow can sympathize with you. God miraculously provided food for her and her son as long as Elijah resided with them. Their lives were spared from starvation only to have her son become deathly ill. How do you think she felt?

What emotion does she display in verse 18?

Do you think Elijah shared in the frustration of the widow (v. 20)?

Here is Elijah, a prophet, but a man, just like us as James has pointed out (James 5:17). Never feel ashamed when your burdens begin to overwhelm your faith. It happened to Elijah. Like the widow, Elijah was wondering what God was doing and why was God allowing it.

Elijah prayed fervently three times for the boy to be revived before God answered. In 1 Kings 18:42-44, Elijah prayed for rain, but he prayed seven times before seeing a tiny cloud. That is almost double the prayer time when compared to the time spent in prayer for the widow’s son. This is a great example for us to understand how God stretches our faith.

According to 1 Kings 17:24, how did this second storm affect the widow’s faith?

God enlarged the faith of Elijah and the widow both. Elijah sounded confident when he declared to the widow that her flour and oil would never run out. God had already provided for Elijah using a babbling brook and the ravens. God had told Elijah a widow would provide food for him in Zarephath, but Scripture never tells us that Elijah was warned about the boy’s illness and death.

Storms catch us off-guard. That is the nature of a storm. Have you ever been out on a summer’s day and suddenly the sky grows black and thunder rumbles? Elijah was caught off-guard with this boy’s sickness.

Whenever God made a promise to Elijah, Elijah was confident. God made no promise concerning the widow’s son.

Do you think Elijah lacked some confidence as he prayed for the boy?

God has promised us many things throughout His Word. Which promises comfort you most? Which ones do you need to cling to more?

Man is a promise-breaker. God is a promise-keeper. We may not know to what extent God will provide for us, but we know He will provide (Phil. 4:19) We may not know when the peace will arrive, but we know it comes (Phil. 4:6-7). We may feel alone, but we know we are never alone (Heb. 13:5). Life may be horrible, but we know some way, God will work it all out for good (Rom. 8:28). Rest on His promises today.

Lord, help us discover Your promises as we read Your Word. Thank You for always keeping the promises You have made. Help us trust You to always come through. Amen.