Can you just see it? The Israelites have just fled Egypt after an incredible demonstration of God’s power. Now they stand at the shore of the Red Sea, water before them and Pharaoh’s army behind them. Hopelessly trapped. An impossible situation. No visible way of escape.
Then God does something spectacular. He speaks to the wind and it parts the sea creating dry ground for the massive nation of Israel to pass through the sea. But, did you ever consider what it must have felt like to see the sea open up before your eyes?
You would be excited that you’d just witnessed a miracle. You would be amazed that a way of escape had been provided. But can you imagine the noise of the wind? And what about the walls of water churning on each side of the path that has opened up in front of you? And now you would be expected to walk through all of that on foot with nothing to shield you from the wind and the splash of water right beside you as you walked.
I imagine it was terrifying. It was the means of escape from the threat of the army closing in on them, but it wasn’t a stroll through a garden. The sounds must have been deafening. The risks were incredible. What if they got out in the middle and the walls of water gave way? They couldn’t turn back. There was only forward.
God says He will make a way for us where there is no way. Exodus 14 proves that He is fully capable of doing so. He did it for them. He’ll do it for you. But when your prayer is answered and the way of escape has opened up, be prepared to face your fears as you step out in faith and move forward. It might be scary, it might seem dangerous, it might cause you to consider turning back. Don’t do it!
Press on and see the faithfulness of God. Don’t be afraid to get your feet muddy.
Thus says the LORD, who makes a way through the sea, and a path through the mighty waters, who brings forth the chariot and the horse, the army and the mighty man (They will lie down together and not rise again; they have been quenched and extinguished like a wick): “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:16-19 (NASB)