Everything that the Lord does in our lives is for His name’s sake. The Red Sea seemingly was an obstacle in the children of Israel’s path. What did they do? They allowed fear to overtake them. God’s eternal purpose was about to be played out before their eyes.
Verse 18 says, “Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” All God’s purposes for our lives were birthed in eternity. When I think about this truth, it feels like the sides of my mind expand.
We know from Job 42:2, that no one, nor any thing can thwart God. As the children of Israel faced the uncrossable Red Sea, they saw it only as an obstacle. Exodus 14 revealed His purpose for those who had ears to hear. Verse 13 is great instruction for us as well when we face an obstacle.
Moses spoke, “…Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…” God’s plan was to use the Red Sea as the vehicle with which He would destroy their enemy. He opened the way for them, but closed it as the Egyptians were in the middle.
He took off their chariot wheels to trouble them. The Egyptians knew it was God. Verse 25 says, “…Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”
Verse 27 says, “…when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.” The Lord will use our obstacles to reveal Himself to us in a new way.
There were more obstacles that the children of Israel would face. We are to learn from their experiences so we don’t follow their fleshly reactions. Right after the Red Sea victory, there was no water to drink. Their fleshly reaction was to complain.
They complained again in Numbers 11. Verse 1 says, “…the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused…” They looked back to what they used to have, and in their pride they forgot about the Lord’s promises for them.
2 Peter 1:3 says that He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” Are you content? Paul said that he learned contentment. If he had to learn it, then most certainly we do as well.
How do we do that? 2 Peter 1:4 says, “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…” When our path is blocked and we don’t understand, we can stand still believing is what we do know through God’s promises.
We enter into and share His nature through them. I love 2 Timothy 2:13. It says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” We enter into His nature of faithfulness by looking to Him instead of our obstacle.
We set our eyes on Him, just as He set His eyes on the joy that was set before Him. His focus empowered Him to endure. When we gaze at the Lord through His attributes, our obstacle fades into the background. We will be like the three disciples in Matthew 17:8. It says, “When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”