Then Moses held his hand over the sea. All that night the Lord drove back the sea with a strong east wind, making the sea become dry ground. The water was split, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry land, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
Then all the king’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers followed them into the sea. When morning came, the Lord looked down from the pillar of cloud and fire at the Egyptian army and made them panic. He kept the wheels of the chariots from turning, making it hard to drive the chariots. The Egyptians shouted, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them and against Egypt.”
Then the Lord told Moses, “Hold your hand over the sea so that the water will come back over the Egyptians, their chariots, and chariot drivers.” So Moses raised his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its place. The Egyptians tried to run from it, but the Lord swept them away into the sea. The water returned, covering the chariots, chariot drivers, and all the king’s army that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
But the Israelites crossed the sea on dry land, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. So that day the Lord saved the Israelites from the Egyptians, and the Israelites saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore. When the Israelites saw the great power the Lord had used against the Egyptians, they feared the Lord, and they trusted him and his servant Moses. Exodus 14:21-31
God provides in unexpected ways. We don’t typically walk up to a river and expect it to split so we can walk across a dry river bed. We look for a bridge, a ferry, or at the very least, large sturdy stepping stones. When pursued by enemies, we stand on the shoreline and feel trapped. We consider only two choices: death by drowning or death by attack. Neither sounds appealing.
God is always present, and he has options beyond what we can see. What we think is our best option might be among the worst. And what we think is the worst option might be God’s choice, which is equal to “the best.” God can be glorified through sacrifice, suffering, and turmoil, because he is glorified anytime we rely on him through such issues. He is glorified in our obedience. He is glorified in our trust. He is glorified in our dependency on him.
How are you depending on God in your current life position?
Live It. Watch for choices today. Avoid taking even the smallest choices for granted. Many choices are automatic because of the habits we’ve created – both good and bad. Be intentional and allow God to reveal additional choices you may have. Choose God.