Wednesday, March 1, 2000

The Red Sea Experience

Exodus 14 tells us a powerful story of Gods intervention in the history of his people. We have the house of Israel who just left Egypt and are now encamped along the sea. Then Pharaoh, his chariots and horsemen and troops closed in on them. The house of Israel had no where to run. They were caught in the between the sea and Pharaoh. The house of Israel was now terrified because they faced sure death. Their choice was to die by the hands of Pharaoh or die by drowning in the Sea.
In the confusion they heard the words of Moses, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Then Moses raised his staff and stretched his hand over the sea. And a strong wind blew and the angel of the Lord moved from the front of the people to the rear, making a wall between them and Pharaoh. The wind blew all night and the Lord drove back the sea and turned it to dry land. The Israelites passed through the sea as if it was dry land.
This experience revealed to the Israelites the power of God over nature. They saw another dimension of the Lord and this stuck in their minds.
In our Christian life, we too will have our own Red Sea experience. There will be times when for no fault of ours we get caught in a hopeless situation. In these times, what do we do? Do we find a way out?
I have very often been caught in such a situation. Questions comes to my mind: what made this happen? Maybe I discerned wrongly and now this is the result. But time and again, I have learned that we never make a mistake as long as an act was done after deep and careful discernment. There is no such thing as wrong discernment. God will always lead us to his will. “All things work for the good of those who love God and for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
When we finally understand this, we look at our situation differently. It is not anymore what I want but where the Lord wants me to be or what the Lord wants me to do. If our prayer at these times is for the Lord to reveal what he wants us to do, he will surely show it to us. If after careful prayer and discernment, we find the Lord leading us to a path that seems impossible, then all we have to do is stand firm and wait. For if it is Gods will God will intervene and nothing can stop it from happening.

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