The Doors God Opens!
We sometimes sing a song '...God will make a way, when there seems to be no way...'
Assuming the historians have the date right, in 1446 BC, most likely at the Gulf of Aquaba at the Strait of Tiran, a multitude of scared people, hungry and tired, arrived at waters edge. These people were fleeing the army of an evil tyrant, Pharoah, ruler of Egypt who had kept them in bondage for about 400 years . After a deluge of plagues (a story for another day) Pharoah had agreed to let the people go, only to change his mind and pursue the children of Israel as they fled. Imagine their situation, an advancing army from behind, and now, the Red Sea ahead, a seeming end to their getaway. What a dilemma.
Here are 600,000 men according to scripture, along with their wives and children, so possibly numbering 2 to 3 million. That's about the size of Houston Texas, the 4th largest city in the nation, and possibly as large as Houston with all its suburbs, and all of these people had with them whatever possessions they owned. We know from scripture that these people had their livestock with them while living in Egypt, so it stands to reason that they took these herds with them as they left Egypt, or at least some of them for food and possibly to transport possessions.
So this is no small group that has run out on the beach, up against the Red Sea, while being pursued by Pharaoh's army of highly trained and equipped soldiers, with horses and chariots. Along the way, some of the Israelites had already begun to question why they left Egypt, thinking they were better off under Egyptian slavery. They had been asking Moses, "Why did you bring us out here into the wilderness to die? Is it because there weren't any graves in Egypt? It would have been better to stay as the Egyptian's slaves than to die out here."
Moses replied with what we need to remember to this very day, "Don't be afraid. Stand still, and see how God will save you." (Exodus 14:13) It was God's will to save His people in a physical way on that day. God still desires to save us today, save us from Satan and his army, who are pursuing us in every way. Maybe we too, have been pushed up against the water by Satan. What will God do?
God hasn't parted a sea for me to cross on dry ground, but He has done some things just as incredible. Many times in my life I've thought I was down to one or two options, neither of them good, when God opened up door #3 that I didn't even know existed. Why do we limit God? Why?
When we sometimes think there is no solution to problems, no way out, and we are at the water's edge, just like Israel, we need to understand, God is in control and He can make a way when there seems to be no way. "Lord, was it not You who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; who made the depths of the sea a pathway for the redeemed to cross over?" (Isaiah 51:10)
If we think God doesn't still have the power and will to part the waters for His people and rescue us today, we are sadly mistaken!