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The nation of Israel stands at the bank of the Red Sea while Pharaoh’s finest are closing in—a real faith building opportunity. Moses sought the Lord. The Lord led Moses on what he needed to do–and then had Moses simply sit back and watch God work. And work he did. In preparation, God literally put himself between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Next, he parted the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites to cross on dry land. Then when they were safe, God allowed the Egyptians through to chase them and finally—Gulp, he closed the sea over the Egyptian army and none survived. A well completed plan for God’s Glory and Israel’s safety.

God continues to prepare and protect those he loves. He never promises that our lives will be free from struggles, he simply promises to meet the struggles with us, and carry us through to the other side. Every event is a little different, but, they all have a common theme—We are protected and God is glorified. Few of us mind being protected, but, often we struggle with giving God the Glory for what he has done. When placed in the balance, reasonable folks will give up glory and allow God to be our anchor, Savior, redeemer and friend. There are those, like Pharaoh—that simply are too prideful to share glory at any cost. Their end is usually destruction and their glory becomes their shame, such was the case with Pharaoh—devastated, dishonored and demilitarized; but, he had his pride!! Each of us needs to determine which is more important—God’s presence or our pride…I choose his presence.

God Bless You

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed[b] the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward[c] it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived