Israelites escape through the sea

Date: Wednesday, January 30

ScriptureExodus 14:5-25

Verse: Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. (Exodus 14:21-22)

God had done miraculous things for them. They had seen the plagues of frogs, locusts, darkness, and more. They had followed Moses from slavery to freedom through the power of God. But here they were trapped. The Red Sea was before them and Pharoah’s army was closing in fast. There was no place to go. 

You know that feeling, right? You’ve been there at what we might call the crossroads of life, not knowing which way to turn. There seems to be no way to go that will bring about the desired result. God has brought us so far, but it seems now we might be on our own. 

Suddenly, Moses raises his staff, the sign of the presence of God with him, and the waters part. Did you notice how the writer of Exodus uses language reminiscent of the creation story? He talks about the waters being divided and dry ground being exposed (see Genesis 1:6-10 and Monday’s devotion). The ominous presence of the water before them is under God’s control. God even uses the waters, as he did for Noah (yesterday’s devotion), to save the people of Israel. 

Even when there seems to be no way, God can make a way. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach me to trust you will be there to make a way when there seems to be no way. Amen.

Action: Listen and sing along to “God Will Make a Way.” 

Respond: Share a time God has shown you the way through the crossroads, by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, go to the website for this devotion to do so.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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