Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night, the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak, the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. Exodus 14:21-31
Perhaps you have heard one of the following expressions or maybe you have used one of them personally. “Up the creek,” “in a jam,” “in a pickle,” “painted into a corner” or “between a rock and a hard place.” Each of these phrases sends the same message, someone is in a mess, and they find themselves in a situation that the chances of getting out of it are slim to none. When you find yourself in this type of situation, your anxiety level is through the roof, and hope quickly begins to fade.
In our Scripture, Moses and the Israelites find themselves in such a situation. God has led His people to the banks of the Red Sea. It seems like the plan is coming together beautifully until Pharaoh’s army is in hot pursuit. When they see the approaching army coming up the rear and the Red Sea in front of them, they panic. Their backs are against the wall. However, when God is involved, there is no such thing as a hopeless situation. As one song puts it, God will make a way where there seems to be no way. The conclusion of this story is amazing because God shows His power, and He proves that His people really never had anything to be worried about.
Life can put us in situations many times that may seem impossible, nowhere to turn, we don’t know who to run to or where to go and what to do, and just when we think we are stuck God shows us a fresh way out of our problems. He opens up a new path for us and makes a way where there was no way!
Is your back up against a wall this morning? Do you find yourself in a situation where the chances of getting out of it are slim to none? Don’t forget the same God who parted the Red Sea is the same God who can part the Red Sea in your life today. What is your Red Sea? God is ready to part your Red Sea, so you can walk through on the dry ground. Don’t forget about Pharoah’s army being swallowed up in the Red Sea. God had Moses’s back, so the Israelites could look forward to the Promised Land. Don’t look back, God will always have your back. Look forward NewLife!! God has your back!