Does it ever seem that the circumstances you face are so complicated that there is no way out? No matter which way you turn, you only see trouble. In those moments, we have a tendency to focus on the problem rather than God and His power to conquer any obstacle. When problems arise, we begin to question. What are we going to do? How are we going to overcome this? In Exodus 14 while escaping the oppression of the Egyptians, the Israelites began to question why they were brought to the desert, what Moses had done by leading them out of Egypt, and why they even agreed to follow him.
Exodus 14:13-14 says, Moses answered the people, “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. They were focused on the obstacles, and their thoughts and actions were controlled by fear. How often do we find ourselves in that same situation? Instead of focusing on the problem, who to blame, and how we can fix it, we must turn our focus to God.
As stated above in Exodus 14, sometimes we must calm our fears, be still, pray, and trust God to make a way in His perfect time. Other times though He may tell us to “get moving”. Exodus 14:15 says, then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. In other words, “I’m opening the door, now you need to follow my instructions and just move on through it”.
Psalm 77:16 says, When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea trembled at the power of God; there is no obstacle which is greater than His power! Psalm 77:19 goes on to say, “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there!” God was able to part the Red Sea leaving a dry path for the Israelites to cross escaping from the Egyptians, and He still has the power today to open doors for us that we may not even know are an option.
I’m sure it was terrifying for the Israelites to step out onto that ocean floor with an enormous wall of water on either side! The door that God opens for us may be scary, but if we’ll just trust Him and move on through it, we will see the power of His deliverance.
When it seems as though the enemy is winning, God is still in control and knows exactly what to do. So instead of focusing on the problem and how we can fix it, we must not let fear control our actions. We must choose to trust God and wait patiently for Him to make a way. We must obey and move on through when He says it’s time. Even when our problem seems as big as the Red Sea with no apparent solution, God has the power to make a way!