When we find ourselves facing what appears to be an impossible situation, we often will lose our perspective. We start doubting God's love and concern; we somehow think that God is angry with us. When the children of Israel saw the Egyptian Army coming up from the rear, they panicked. Listen to what they said, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?"
Isn't it amazing that this would be their attitude after all they had seen God do for them? They witnessed the awesome power of God back in Egypt but they had already forgotten about it. They went on to say, "It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert."
Now I suppose they were right. It would have been better for them to remain a slave than to die in the wilderness but the truth is, God did not intend for them to do either. He had plans for them, plans greater than they could imagine. Of course they were not going to die in the wilderness. They Egyptians didn't want to kill them, they wanted to take them back into slavery.
You see, when we face insurmountable odds, or often when we are confronted with an impossible situation, rather than meet it head on, we want to take the easy way out. We say, "I don't want to face this, I don't want to have to fight so I'll just go back to Egypt and resume my life as a slave." God had great things in store for the children of Israel. All they had to do was trust him even though there appeared to be no way out. God has a great plan for each of us. He doesn't want you to die in the wilderness nor does He want you to go back to your old life of sin and bondage. He doesn't want you to settle for second best. He doesn't want you to run from the crisis, he wants you to meet it head on with courage and the conviction that he will see you through. The Red Sea you are facing is not the impasse you think it is. It is tempting to take the easy way out, to settle for second best but God has a better idea.
The key is always trusting in God's promises. We can endure just about anything if we know the outcome. One of the most difficult aspects of facing our Red Sea is dealing with the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
God's promise is, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still."
God promised them that he would take care of them and that He was going to fight their battle for them. All they had to do was stand firm or be still which simply means they had to block out all the distractions and focus on God. The peace of God can't hit a moving target; we must stand still and focus on God's promises.
So if you are facing a Red Sea situation, remember, it only seems impossible to you. God has a plan; it may be something different than you could ever imagine, but He has a plan! He will get you to the other side. He has not left you; you're not on your own. You don't have to fight this battle, just stand still, firmly grounded in your faith that God can do anything but fail.
If you are facing a Red Sea problem, you need a Red Sea kind of faith. You need to pray Red Sea kind of prayers. You have to become as tough as your problems are.
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)