Summary: There are many things in our life right now that seem life threating but if we take a second look we may realize that God put it there and he has put it there for a reason
He Put It There For A Reason
Scripture Reference: Exodus 14:1-3 (KJV)
Exodus 14:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
There are many things in our life right now that may look like they signify the end of our lives but if we take a second look and really seek the face of God on all of our matters then we may realize that God put it there and he has put it there for a reason.
When the children of Israel crossed the Red sea there was much more involved than just the crossing of the Red sea
The very place that they were in represented an Egyptian god and evidentially God wanted to prove to the world that he was the God of gods and Lord of lords.
Let’s take a moment and investigate the significance (to the Egyptians) of the place that the children of Israel were in
1.) Pihahiroth - Egyptian word for “place where sedge grows”
Sedge - Grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places
having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and
spikelets of inconspicuous flowers
2.) Migdol - Egyptian word for Tower of God
3.) Baalzephon - Egyptian place of Worship
By simply looking at the significance of this place to the Egyptians it is easy to see that God was not just ministering to the children of Israel but he was ministering to the Egyptians as well (Exodus 14:18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.)
By the use of the word sea in this passage it implies that it is something of apparently limitless quantity or volume (Verse 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.)
If you have ever been on a sea shore before then you can completely understand the feeling of helplessness that you feel if you were to ever consider trying to cross it without some type of vessel that floats
They were at a place that was no way humanly possible to cross without help
Some of us have done all that we know how to do yet we find ourselves in a place that is humanly impossible to cross
I remember talking to the minister that led me into becoming a preacher and he would always say that “From time to time, God wants to get us in a situation where we can’t see anyway out. This way when he delivers us it will make us better believers.”
I, like you, thought this was a silly concept but after much living and learning now I too can say that this must be true of our God
The children of Israel did not have time to ponder on which way they could go otherwise
Has an emergency situation ever come up on you and you had to have an answer immediately but you really did not have any good ones to offer. If not keep living, if you have then you can relate to the children of Israel feelings right now
Let’s look a little closer at some of the things that are happening in this passage of scripture:
1.) God is demonstrating his power over the Egyptian god by first placing the children of Israel in what seemed to be a doomed and entrapped situation (Verse 3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.) and then delivering them at his will with great ease and in a miraculous way (Exodus 14:16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.).
We have to realize that sometimes a situation that looks like a trap may be a blessing in disguise
I would like to take a moment and share a story with you
This story was sent to me over the internet it is entitled
A Mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package.
"What food might this contain?"
He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning.
"There is a mousetrap in the house!; there is a mousetrap in the house!"