Date: Tuesday, May 13
Scripture: Exodus 14:21-31
Verse: The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. (Exodus 14:22)
They’re trapped. Like the police drama cliché of the good guy accidentally turning down a dead-end alley, the Israelites find themselves with no place to run. The sea is in front of them, and Pharoah’s army is coming up behind them. God has miraculously freed them from slavery in Egypt, but it looks like it might be all for naught. Then, through Moses, God separates the waters of the Red Sea, giving the people of Israel a path of dry ground on which to walk. Sound familiar? If you were with us yesterday, you may hear echoes of the Creation story, how in both stories God gathers the waters and allows dry land to form.
There are days when you and I feel trapped. Despite all our efforts to follow God, to feel as though we are doing exactly what God has called us to do, only to find ourselves between a rock and a hard place, between Pharaoh and the Red Sea, between the problems of our past and the projected problems of our future. God still has a plan, a future. For the Israelites it was the promise of their own country, a promised land.
It would have been very easy for the Israelites to give up, to turn back toward Egypt and the slavery from which they had just been freed. But God had a much better plan for them, and he does for you as well. Despite feeling as though we are trapped, we are not. The God of creation has a way of gathering the chaotic waters of our lives to either side and giving us dry ground upon which to walk toward a place he has promised for us. May we continue to walk in his ways, and trust him to make the way for us.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord of All Creation, for your ability and willingness to “part the waters” for me, and to lead me in your ways. Amen.
Action: Pray for God to make your path, and the strength to follow it.
Respond: When has God parted the waters for you? How has he removed seemingly insurmountable barriers to bring you into what he had planned for you all along?
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