Reading: Psalm 77:16-20
The waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.
Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.
You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron (NIV).*
Psalm 77 began with the psalmist in a state of anguish approaching despair. He was filled with questions for the LORD—questions but no answers. This was followed by the psalmist’s decision to recall the miracle-working power of the LORD. He reflects on Israel’s release from bondage in Egypt and in today’s reading he describes their escape through the Red Sea. Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.
Sometimes life will bring us to difficult or even impossible situations. We can see no way forward and it’s impossible to turn back. That’s the situation the people of Israel found themselves in as they set out to escape from Egypt. The sea blocked the way before them, and the Egyptian army was pursuing them from behind. They had nowhere to turn but to the LORD.
What did the LORD do? He didn’t take Israel around the problem or over it. He took them through it. We read these words: Your path led through the sea…
During the dark days of World War II, Winston Churchill gave his nation this advice, “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
Don’t stop. Don’t give up and hang your head in despair. You don’t know the moment when the LORD will intervene on your behalf. You don’t know when the sea will part. You don’t know when you will be called to follow the LORD’s invisible footprints onto the floor of the sea. That requires faith—steps of faith. And don’t dillydally along the way. If you are going through hell, keep going. If you are going through a personal Red Sea experience, keep going. You don’t want to be caught in the middle. That’s what happened to Egypt’s army. Have faith the LORD will bring you through, and by all means keep going. Persevere.
Response: LORD God, I am facing some difficult challenges. Give me the faith and the courage to keep going. I trust you will bring me through—through hell and high water by the power of Jesus. Amen.
Your Turn: Are you facing difficult times? How has the LORD brought you through hard times in the past?
* NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, COPYRIGHT ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA
Pray for the people of Ukraine!
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Alan Kearns said:
Our Father God is Good! In times where I have been struggling and cried out to Him, He then shows me soon afterwards how He has used my pain to bless others. It is then that any burden I have is lifted from my shoulders by Him.
When we our weak He is strong within us. When I was weak and hospitalized for 9 days before my heart surgery God used my conversations with other patients and medical staff in amazing ways.
Alan Kearns said:
Your testimony is excellent David, it makes me smile. I recognise the same memories in times I have been in hospital too. What a marvellous God we serve brother!
Through times of unemployment and hard financial times, He has provided from His abundance so that I lacked no good thing.
“2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you. – Isaiah 43:2
So true, Wally. I love that verse from Isaiah. I’m praying it for the people caught in the torment of war in Ukraine.