Have you ever run into a dead end, an end of the road that you hadn’t expected? Did you wonder when–or even if–God was going to show up to make things right?
You’re not alone. Anyone who has developed an honest relationship with God has asked a question something like, “Where are you, God? How can you let this happen to me?”
This is the way the Israelites felt in Exodus 14. They had finally escaped from Egypt, only to look over their shoulders to see that Pharaoh had changed his mind and was chasing them after all. With the full might of the Egyptian army. When the Israelites reached the Red Sea, there was nowhere to go. They were trapped. Gulp.
Of course, everyone blamed Moses, telling him it would have been better to remain slaves in Egypt than to die in the desert. Moses responded with a great statement of faith and trust in God:
“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.”Moses, in Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)
And of course, anyone who knows the story of how God parted the Red Sea to save the day, allowing the Israelites to pass through (but brought it back together to drown the entire Egyptian army) is aware that Moses was right. But here’s the thing:
- The solution to their problems didn’t come when the Israelites wanted it–they would rather have been rescued when things first started getting bad. Who wouldn’t? But this answer came years later.
- This solution undoubtedly doesn’t look anything like what the Israelites would have been hoping for. But it was still a solution.
The Bible is full of stories about God coming through for His people. Life is full of stories about God coming through for you and people you know. His answers to our prayers may not come when we want or in a form we want, but they will come. We have to trust Him that where there is no way, He will make a way. It’s what He does. His ways are higher than our ways, so we probably won’t understand how He is working on our behalf until sometime later, when we reflect back on our challenges and count the ways He parted the Red Sea for each of us.