“When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”
The Lord’s ways are mysterious and mighty. The Exodus 14 account of God’s parting and holding back the Red Sea while Moses leads over a million Israelites through thrills my soul every time I read it. He prepares the way. He blazes forward and guards us from the enemy. His arm is mighty to save. He goes before us, He delivers. He is glorified in the salvation He gives.
What was an impossible obstacle to the Israelites, mighty God moved. The Egyptians thought they’d won, and they were brought to naught. When an announcement, or a diagnosis, or a painful discovery- any ‘impossible sea’- lies before us, we need not fear. God is not surprised. The Lord of Hosts goes before us, He is our rear guard. His presence is our pillar of cloud by day and fire by night; we need only follow as He forges ahead. Ofttimes, blind to beyond, we see nothing but Him, and that is the place of sure victory.
“Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
God has good plans for us, and will gloriously lead us there. To trust Him is to step into His parted waters. To walk in triumphal procession is to keep our eyes on our King of kings.
Keep me marching right, left, right, left, O Victor, step in step with You.