Read Exodus 14
The Way of Escape
Are you ever amazed at our God’s ability to remove seemingly insurmountable difficulties in your life? The children of Israel were trapped: the Red Sea in front of them, the powerful Egyptian army behind them. There was no escape; surely, they would perish. The people turned on Moses and accused him of treachery, saying, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?” (Exodus 14:11).
Moses reassured them, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13-14).
God protected the children of Israel from the Egyptian army, and provided a way of escape through the Red Sea on dry land. As they crossed, “the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left” (Exodus 14:22), and as the enemy attempted to follow, God “took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty” (Exodus 14:25) and “the sea returned to its full depth” (Exodus 14:27); “the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained” (Exodus 14:28).
When you look back at the difficulties of life that you have endured, do you see God’s hand at work? Do you see Him parting your own Red Sea? Can you point to where He took the wheels off your enemy’s chariots? Of course, He does not work in such miraculous manners today, but the providence of God is absolutely at work in the lives of His faithful children.
He also provides a way to escape temptation and sin. Paul writes, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Whatever Red Sea lies before you, and whatever Egyptian army approaches from behind, God can and will take care of you if you submit to Him!