A wall on the right and left

Dear CBC Family,

Exodus 14:21,22: Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. (ESV)

Imagine, you’re one of the escaping Jewish slaves fleeing Egypt. The Egyptian army is in hot pursuit and no matter how fast you try and go they are gaining ground. Then, all of a sudden, you hit the Red Sea – no way to cross, no path to escape. It looks like it is all over.

That is the situation that a million-plus Israelites found themselves in when, by God’s power, they were set free from centuries of slavery, only for Pharaoh to come after them with a vengeance. The death of the first-born Pharaoh has not forgotten and the people of God need to pay!

Now the Jews are stuck with no escape. They are between the greatest military force in the known world, and a stormy impassable sea. I wonder what Moses and the people were thinking at that very moment.

As you read Exodus 14 you see that God had deliberately hardened Pharaoh's heart. God had deliberately put His people in danger. Why would He do that? Isn’t life hard enough? Haven’t you found yourself in that place too? God, what were you thinking? Why is this obstacle in my path? How can this trouble be happening when you opened the way for me to be here in the first place? It seems we have only one prayer at that moment: “God take this obstacle away so I can get through!” But God didn’t take the Red Sea away. He did something entirely different, totally unexpected:

Exodus 14:21,22 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. (ESV)

It turned out that God never planned on taking the Red Sea away. He planned on making a way through. Listen to me. God rarely takes the difficulty, hardship or obstacles away but He always, and I mean always, makes a way through! Blessed be His name!

This weekend we will be in Romans 12 continuing our study on the gifts of grace listed. I pray you will join us and come prepared to serve the people that belong to you, and you to them. We will have a special guest band playing Saturday night which I believe will be a blessing.

I spoke with a young man and believe we will be having some youth meetings coming up in the near future. Thank you for your patience.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Scott