As I read the story of the Exodus, I can’t help but be amazed by the sheer scope of the victory won by God over Pharoah. The world’s strongest, wealthiest country being forced to release the largest part of its workforce, nearly 2 million Jewish slaves, without a single battle being fought by an opposing army. Who woulda thunk?
That makes Exodus 14 even more remarkable. As you read the story, God deliberately leads his freshly emancipated people into an impossible situation. With the Red Sea in front of them and Pharoah’s (angry) army behind them, they were quite literally between a rock and a hard place.
I don’t know how it happened, but somewhere along the way, the American Christian has been sold a bill of goods. They’ve been told that once they start following Jesus, their life is going to be nothing but sunshine and wealth. What a load of crap!!! Don’t think so? Just ask the Israelites from Exodus 14 what following God looks like. They weren’t exactly seeing prosperity. In fact, they were staring down the barrel of total devestation….so much so that they even complained to Moses that they were better off in slavery. Don’t see much preaching today that would suggest that if you start following Jesus, you’ll probably wish you didn’t get saved after all.
But let’s not miss the big picture here… God INTENTIONALLY trapped them. Why would he do that if he wants the best for us? Because the best thing for us is to get to the place where we’re holding onto nothing and trusting no one before Jesus.
So what does it look like in your circumstance to see your current situation as a training event for faith-building rather than another devestating turn of events for the worse? Would love to hear your thoughts.