As a pastor, I hear about the hard places of life on a daily basis. I’m aware that people often want me to have a miraculous solution, one that’s solves it all. For a point of reference, I would love to be that good. I’ve learned the real miracle occurs when the individual trusts God to make a way when nothing makes sense.
I’ve never regretted trusting God. I can truthfully say, God is always faithful to make a way. But. We all come to the time and place we must trust God will do it.
There’s a scene describing the results of trust in the book of Exodus:
Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the LORD opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. (Exodus 14: 21, NLT)
The background story to the verse is important to understand. Moses became the leader of God’s people, who had lived under the oppression of slavery for centuries. He had tried to convince Pharaoh, his brother by adoption, the leader of Egypt, who held them in captivity, to let the people go. Moses warned him of the consequences of keeping the people in slavery; however, the slaves were crucial to the economy. If, Pharaoh had let the people go, operating out of trust in God, then, he would have experienced true success from doing what God said to do.
Instead, Pharaoh set his own people on the pathway to death and destruction each time he said no to God. When it all got too much, when the pressure of the consequences of going his own way bore down on him, Pharaoh surrendered to God and let the people go. It did not last. Surrender equated loss to him. And, he and all of Egypt went after Moses and the freed slaves, wanting them dead rather than free.
The verse captures the moment after Moses and the people realized they were caught between the raging Egyptians chasing after them and the Red Sea in front of them. There was no seen solution. But. Moses trusted God to make a way when nothing made sense. And. God provided a dry pathway in the middle of the sea for the freed slaves to make their way to the other side. Incredible.
At the end of the day, trust is a choice which leads to endless possibilities, including the sea splitting in half to make a way when nothing makes sense. I pray when the moment comes, you will trust God and be ready for the impossible to occur.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)