What are some of your favorite Old Testament stories? I love so many of them I’m not sure I could choose one as my favorite. I do; however, remember the first movie I saw based on Old Testament teaching. It was the Ten Commandments. I think I had to see it three times before I stayed awake for the whole thing. It used to run on network television once a year and with commercials it was a three hour movie. I would fall asleep before they made it to the Red Sea every time. The first time I saw them approach the water with the Egyptians pursing them, I was scared to death for them. I remember thinking “There’s no way out. What are they going to do now?”
As a young girl, I hadn’t memorized the stories of the Old Testament, so I didn’t know what happened next. I sat on the edge of my seat as the Lord ripped open the sea allowing the Israelites to cross on dry ground. It was amazing and I couldn’t budge if I tried. I was in awe of God.
So many times we look at our own circumstances and find ourselves caught between the Red Sea and the Egyptians and think “There’s no way out. What am I going to do now?” We fail to include the God factor in our situation. Psalm 77:19 says “Your path led through the sea,Your way through the mighty waters, though Your footprints were not seen.” Even though God isn’t always visible to us, He is always present. We have a promise in Deuteronomy 31:6, 8, and Joshua 1:5 that says He will “never leave you nor forsake you.” Just because we don’t see Him standing before us doesn’t mean He isn’t there. The Word promises He is always with us.
We also know “nothing is impossible with God” no matter what the situation may look like [Luke 1:37]. In fact, Matthew 19:26 says “with God all things are possible,” therefore, the word impossible shouldn’t be in our vocabulary.
In Isaiah 55:8 we read “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD.” The Lord isn’t bound by the laws of nature or time. He created them and He can work around them. No matter what you’re facing today, it isn’t impossible, regardless of what your circumstances may say. If you will “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” even if that straight path happens to be through the Red Sea.
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