(BTW, you should see me drive!!! Ha Ha! No. More. Fear! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!! To prove this true, I’ve logged more driving miles in the month of May than I have in the sum total of my entire life up to this point!!)
I continue to think of and pray for you, especially when I see your sweet faces on my side bar. I love to see the happy pictures of those of you who follow this blog. Sometimes I go through every picture praying for you, and thanking God that in some unimaginable way, you are a special part of my life. May the Lord bless you with Himself and a sweet awareness of His presence in your life. ttyl…
By Robert J. Morgan
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001,
Reviewed by Shirley McDonald, Copy Editor for ninetyandnine.com
May 05, 2003
Using the Israelites’ story of deliverance from Egypt via the Red Sea, Robert Morgan writes of ten strategies for getting through difficult times. Just as the Israelites were trapped between the Egyptians and the Red Sea, sometimes we find ourselves trapped between that proverbial rock and a hard place. Morgan attempts to show that if you allow Him, the same God who led you in will lead you out.
Morgan devotes a chapter to each of the following “Red Sea Rules.”
■ Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
God, in Exodus 14:1-2, gives Moses specific instructions of where they are to camp: “Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon.”
When you are in a difficult situation, remember that the Lord placed or allowed you to be there.
■ Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.
God told Moses “…Then I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:3-4).
God can take an impossible situation and gain honor for Himself in the midst of our adverse situations – if we let Him.
■ Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.
It would have done no good for the Israelites to ignore the fact that the Egyptians were pursuing them. Yet God made a way of deliverance. Satan can do us no lasting harm when we are enclosed by the grace of Christ.
“When Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord” (Exodus 14:10).
When you face impossible odds, our prayer-answering God will impart the grace needed.
■ Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.
Moses told the Israelites to fear not, but stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. How many times are we faced with situations where we cannot solve the problem or heal the hurt? Yet, we must leave room and give God time to work.
■ When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.
”The Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15).
Trust God for guidance in small steps.
■ Envision God’s enveloping presence.
God will let us feel his comforting presence, just as He let the Israelites know of His care and presence through the angel of God and the pillar of cloud (Exodus 14:19-20).
■ Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.
Who would ever have thought God would have used an old man’s raising his rod over the obstructing sea to part the waters so that the Red Sea became a gateway to the Israelites and a graveyard for the Egyptians? God does not always view things as we do, and His methods of deliverance are often mysterious to us.
■ View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
“The Lord saved Israel that day…so the people feared the Lord and believed the Lord and His servant Moses” (Exodus 14:30-31).
Trials and troubles are the “treadmills” for the soul, developing strength and stamina.
■ Don’t forget to praise Him.