“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned” (Hebrews 11:29).
We cannot help but be in awe of the power of God when we read the story of the crossing of the Red Sea in Exodus 14. This was one of the greatest miracles in all of history. In fact, it was so amazing that nations far and wide heard about it and feared the God of Israel. Even forty years later, Rahab reveals that the people of Jericho feared the Lord of Israel because He dried up the water of the Red Sea in order for the people to come out of Egypt (see Joshua 2:10).
After crossing the Red Sea, the people worshiped God with a song written by Moses declaring the strength, majesty, and unfailing love of God. Worship songs about the character and works of God not only give to God the glory that He deserves, but they also strengthen our faith. Sadly, immediately after the people came out of the Red Sea and began to travel in the desert, the shortage of water led them to grumbling against Moses. It seems hard to believe the people could experience such a miracle as the parting of the Red Sea and then think they would perish from thirst! Sadly, this is human nature. It is also the work of the enemy. The moment God blesses us in one area, the enemy attacks us in another area to keep us from giving praise and glory to God. However, in this case, this was all a part of God’s will. The Lord wanted them to apply the lessons they learned from one test of faith to carry them into victory in the next test of their faith.
Recently, my family saw the Lord “part the Red Sea” to help us find a way to restore a financial difficulty. Immediately after this “miracle,” however, a new test of our faith regarding our finances arose. I started to think negatively of all the “what ifs,” but then the Lord reminded me of the Red Sea story. I did not want to be like the complaining, faithless Israelites. So I have been thanking God daily for His power to set the people free from Egypt and His power to “set our finances free.” By faith, I read the Song of Moses in Exodus 15 and proclaimed God’s unfailing love and power. Are you being tested in your faith? Give thanks to God for how He set the Israelites free from Egypt, and then praise Him for any victories He has given you in your life. By faith, thank Him for how He will work out any new trial.
Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 15; Hebrews 11:29