“YOUR way was THROUGH the sea,YOUR path was THROUGH the great waters; YET your footprints were UNSEEN. You led your people LIKE a flock BY THE HAND of Moses and Aaron.” (Ps.77:19-20)
I like how Charles Spurgeon comments on these verses; “Thy way is in the sea. Far down in secret channels of the deep is Thy roadway; when Thou wilt thou canst make a sea a highway for Thy glorious march. And Thy path in the great waters. There, where the billows surge and swell, Thou still dost walk; Lord of each crested wave.”
I wonder today if there is anyone out there who needs to be encouraged to keep walking through the valley of shadow?
Do you find yourself with more questions than answers? Is your heart heavy with burden for what you cannot see?
The above verse intrigues me as I reflect on the story of Moses’ calling to lead the Israelites out of bondage and slavery.
The Israelites long journey OUT was laced with hardship, loss, questions, doubts, and anger; but despite the people’s groaning and complaining they STILL had to walk GOD’S path TO freedom, and part of that journey was THROUGH the Red Sea, NOT around it.
In Exodus 14 we read of this account. I am thankful that we have record of this event, it not only teaches us, but reminds us of God’s character and LOVING ways as we walk through the barren valley of shadows.
Humanly speaking the Israelites did have reason to fear; perhaps they had good reason to whine!? Why did they have to leave everything and trudge through the desert in search of some hokus pokus path to freedom only to encounter one hardship after the other? After all, they did obey initially, did they not?
God was painting a bigger picture around their freedom story! Chapter 14:17-18, “And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians SO THAT they shall go in after them (into the Red sea), and I WILL GET THE GLORY OVER Pharoah and ALL his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. AND the Egyptians SHALL KNOW that I AM THE LORD, when I have gotten GLORY OVER PHAROAH, his chariots and his horsemen.”
You may be thinking, so ….. what? Does that mean that my journey is for God to “get” the glory? Is there a piece of your heart speaking from a shadowed corner, “what kind of God would do that sort of thing? What kind of God desires glory so intensely that He would allow me to suffer through hardship in order to ‘get’ it?”
Then let me ask you this, What kind of God would go to such great lengths to rescue His people? To rescue YOU? What kind of God would give His own Son, so that YOU could be free from bondage and slavery? (Rom. 8:32)
For God to desire glory for Himself was to give testimony of TRUTH to WHO He was and IS. NO MAN, and NO PLAN can prevent God from being God, both then and now, (see Prov. 21:30-31).
Our initial text today cites that HIS WAY, and HIS PATH was through GREAT waters; His footprints unseen to the human eye, yet seen with the eyes of faith.
Exodus 14:15-16: God speaks to Moses as they stand at the edge of the body of water, “WHY do you cry to me? TELL the people of Israel to get their stink’n butts down here and walk through the water!!”…well, kinda said it like that! GOD’S words were, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the people of Israel TO GO FORWARD. LIFT UP your staff, and STRETCH OUT your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go THROUGH the sea on DRY ground.”
There are the verbs for us again, placed FIRST in God’s sentence, before He does His ‘thing’ for us…”Go (forward)!”, “LIFT UP (your staff)!”, “STRETCH OUT (your hand)!”….
The point today dear reader, whomever you may be, is this; Though God’s footprints may be unseen on the path before you, though the sea surge with moving tide in front of you and the lighthouse remains darkened by fog, CHOOSE to walk, choose to put one foot in front of the other and move forward. Stretch out your hands to the heavens with trust SO THAT you WILL SEE the glory of God, and know His path to deliverance.
Hold fast to God’s word, it is “a LAMP to my (our) feet and a LIGHT to my (our) path.” (Ps. 119:105)
Every valley has two sides and a path through it, be patient with the Lord God, and be patient with yourself.