Today’s post, Unseen Paths, is written by my writer-friend, Phyllis Farringer.
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they likely felt great joy and anticipation. Whatever fears they had concerning the unknown ahead of them, they must have felt exhilaration over leaving the oppression of Egypt and reclaiming the Promised Land. It wasn’t long however until their excited hopes were quashed. They found themselves trapped with the Red Sea before them and Pharaoh’s army closing in behind. Suddenly, their situation was hopeless. They were terrified. And furthermore, the Lord had led them here (Exodus 13:18; 14:10). Previous doubts and fears resurfaced and they even questioned coming out of Egypt at all (Exodus 14:11).
God put them on this route. He was accomplishing His purposes. From a human perspective, it was an impossible situation. But the Lord parted the waters. The Israelites marched to safety on dry ground. The Lord dealt with their enemies–first holding them back (Exodus 14:19,20) then throwing them into confusion (14:24,25) and finally destroying them (14:27,28).
Psalm 77:19 (NLT) refers to this incident by saying, “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters –a pathway no one knew was there (emphasis mine). Moments before God opened the way, they didn’t know there was a path there. They couldn’t see a way. They wished they had stayed in Egypt. But God had a way planned all along. He knew He would take them through the sea. He knew there was a path there.
Often in life we face situations that feel impossible–no job and the rent is due; a terminal illness; a relationship destroyed by betrayal or misunderstanding. We see no solution. We can’t conceive of any way through. But it is only impossible from our viewpoint. Nothing is impossible with God. He is powerful and creative. Just because we can’t see a solution, doesn’t mean there isn’t one.
When we face a giant problem, if we focus on the problem all we can see is the enormity of it. When we look at the problem through the lens of Who God is, we are reminded that He is bigger and more powerful than anything that troubles us. Moses counseled the Israelites to stand firm, and they would see the deliverance the Lord would bring. He said the Lord would fight for them. And when the Lord told them to move forward, the waters were still raging (Exodus 14:15,16). They had to move forward by faith.
God’s ways are not our ways. His road for us may lead us through mighty waters. When we don’t see a way forward, He does. He will be faithful to either part the waters or otherwise keep us from drowning (Isaiah 43:2). Our part is not to focus on the mighty waters, but on our mighty God.
Phyllis Farringer delights in proclaiming God’s goodness. Her work has appeared in various periodicals including Decision Magazine, Focus on the Family publications, and Christianity Today Bible Studies. She has also written for several compilations including Cup of Comfort for Moms and God Allows U-Turns. She and her husband live in North Carolina. They have two married children and seven grandchildren.
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Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters–a pathway no one knew was there. Psalm 77:19
I wish you well.
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