Red Sea | Devotion 1: Trapped?
Pastor Pat Rowland
I like watching action movies and TV shows that are more real to life, say like a historical war movie, a Jason Bourne movie, or a TV series like Jack Ryan. In those shows, there will typically be a scene that has the main character backed into a corner, and as the enemy is closing in on them, it appears there will be no escape. At least, that is what the enemy and we are supposed to think. That is the scenario of the Israelites in Exodus chapter 14. God intentionally leads them to camp in a spot where they can be trapped. Pharaoh having regretted his decision to let the Israelites leave along with Intel that they seemed to be lost wandering in the desert set out in pursuit with his great army.
Today scholars do not know the actual location of the Israelite encampment, but we are assuming that there was no escape. The Red Sea was on one side, the Army on the other, and they were not equipped or trained as an army to fight. If you are watching this movie, you know this is a bad situation. When we find ourselves “stuck between a rock and a hard place,” we are prime for an opportunity for God to show up.
Sometimes God in all of His sovereignty leads us into situations that appear to be dead-ends, not only to test our faith but also to show His power and complete control over all situations. At the moment, I do not like these situations because I worry and become stressed. I do not sleep, and I am not enjoyable to be around. My default setting is to fight, to figure a way out, as I seek to rely on my own strengths, abilities, and resources. The harder I work, the more I struggle. It is only when I step aside and let God lead that the enemy is defeated. As we trust, we see that He assumes full responsibility for our needs.
In verse 4, God let us in on His plan, as He intends to use Pharaoh and this opportunity to show the Israelites that He is God and that He is with them. You will have to stay tuned to hear the rest of the story, but know this, God always seems to do His best work when we completely depend on Him.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9-11, Paul said it this way, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Let us go and live weak today!