Freedom from Pharaoh: Trials in the Transition

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Many people know the story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea. With God’s help, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, giving them freedom from Pharaoh and enslavement at his hands. While there are many lessons to learn from this story, let’s focus on the journey they had to take to gain their new life out of slavery:

  • God did not lead the Israelites down the path nearby because He knew they might change their mind and return to Egypt. Instead, He lead them through the wilderness to the Red Sea. (Exodus 13:17-19)
  • They had to travel both day and night. (Ex. 13:21)
  • They didn’t take a straight path. God told Moses to have the Israelites “turn back” so that Pharaoh would see them as “wandering aimlessly in the land” and would want to chase after them. All so that God would be honored in the end and the Egyptians would know He is Lord. (Ex. 14:1-4)
  • Pharaoh and his army, along with many chariots and horsemen, decided to come back after the Israelites. God’s people were afraid. They feared for their lives and they questioned Moses and his leadership. (Exodus 14:10-12)
  • The Israelites were stuck between Pharaoh and the Red Sea. The fears and anxieties must have been monumental among the Israelites.

But Moses trusted God. God already knew what He was going to do. And He did it. He parted the sea through Moses’ raised staff.

Let that sink in for a minute. We all know the story, but really think about how the Israelites must have felt and the miracle God provided for them. HE PARTED THE SEA. He made a dry path right down the middle.

I’m a beach girl. I love looking out the vast ocean and trying to imagine in my mind what that day must have looked like at the Red Sea. Although I know the ocean doesn’t compare, it is one of the few tangible things that gives me an idea of how big, powerful, and able our God really is.

Pharaoh could have had a heart attack or his horses could have been sick and not moving. I mean, really, I can think of a number of other ways that God could have stopped Pharaoh and his men but He didn’t. They came upon the Israelites, but God made a way for them.

He is faithful. He is merciful. He is gracious. He is good. He is God.

The Israelites were freed, but it was a process. They were given new life out of slavery. But it was a long, difficult journey.

Unfortunately, they later chose to turn their eyes away from what God had already done for them and because of this, they endured many more hardships.

The way nature changes with the seasons is a progression of events. It takes rain in addition to the sunshine to give life to the most beautiful things. It doesn’t always just rain a little; it pours, it thunders, and the winds blow seeds from one place only to be planted in another that one would least expect sometimes.

This isn’t a new analogy but one that we often need to be reminded of. Because we often forget the pain and progression of previous hardships. We forget how God helped us endure, persevere, and prosper. We forget that our character was refined and that we were built up and made stronger to climb the next mountain.

We forget how God carried us through the wilderness, made a way where there otherwise would not have been a way, and brought us to the other side in victory. Regardless of whether it was the victory we thought we should have or the victory He thought we should have. They don’t always match up. This is good reason to pray for our desires to align with God’s will.

Let’s remember what God has already done. What God says He is going to do. Let’s trust that God is allowing the wind to carry seeds to be planted in better soil elsewhere. Let’s trust that He is already working on beautiful things in our life that we can’t yet see.

Let’s live in faith, trusting that He is faithful and that He is making a way.