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
When God delivered the Israelites from the hands of Pharaoh, it wasn’t long before Pharaoh sent his men after them. They were pursued up to what seemed like a dead end, the Red Sea. With their enemies pressing them from behind and an impassable sea that lay ahead of them, it doesn’t come as a surprise that they began to complain. Can you imagine the horror and dread they must have felt? The complete and imminent defeat they were certain would overtake them.
And then God!
Hebrews 14:21 says, “Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the LORD opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land.”
What was once a roadblock God transformed into a pathway to freedom. God made the impossible, possible. He didn’t just show up that day. He had always been there. He just revealed Himself to them in a miraculous way.
However, when Pharaoh’s men attempted to do the same, they weren’t successful. They drowned.
How many times have I attempted to do things in my own strength, only to have it end in failure? In my own flesh and abilities, I try to play God. It only becomes a matter of time before all my plans are destroyed and I am left with the waves crashing in on me.
Yet, when I place my faith and trust in a God who calms the storm, brings the dead back to life, makes the lame walk, the blind see, and parts the seas, I am placing my life in the hands of the very one who created me.
Sometimes life requires us to take a leap of faith. To trust someone who sees and knows my past, present and future. I can choose to trust in myself, which will only end up causing me to drown, or I can watch God perform the miraculous as He transforms my roadblocks into pathways.