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The Red Sea Crossing
Anonymous - May 15, 2015
Devotional

The Red Sea Crossing

“For Pharaoh will say of the Children of Israel 'They are bewildered by the land; The wilderness has closed in on them'.”  (Exodus 14:3).

“Completely puzzled or confused” is what the dictionary says under “Bewildered”. This is what I imagine is going through the head of loved ones when they hear me say, “This is what God has called me to do”. Some of the antonyms for “bewildered “are “Clear”, “Oriented”, “Understanding” or “Aware”. Now that I have found Christ, this is how I feel. But to those who don't know him yet, I am lost in the wilderness, just like Pharaoh thought the Children of Israel were.

“Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying 'Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians'? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He shall accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians you see today, you shall see again no more forever.” (Exodus 14: 12-13).

Until the day that I came to know Christ, I never truly understood how to fully and completely trust God. Before I was a Christian, I didn't actually know what it meant to trust God. If I go back to the first time that I turned to God for help to get out of a bad situation, I remember praying. At that time it was a shot in the dark, I didn't have that understanding that I do now, a complete faith in God. But He answered my prayer, and planted a tiny seed.

Today I can look around at where he has put me and feel so blessed and unworthy of all the great things he has given me. When I am going through a trial, there is not a doubt in my mind that he will get me through, just like he parted the seas for the children of Israel. Now that I have this wonderful, undeniable faith in Jesus Christ, my life has taken a turn to serving Him, and that means being obedient and doing some things that certain loved ones do not understand. I can pray for them, and try to witness to them, but most of all I can show them by example through trusting in the Lord how much he loves us and watches over us. He will provide even when those around us don't believe and are discouraging. Hopefully, one day they will see the work that He is doing in us and start seeing and believing in him too.

“Thus Israel saw the great work that the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses” (Exodus 14:31).

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