It was not an accident that the children of Israel found themselves “trapped” in the geographical cul-de-sac where the Red Sea was located at back in Bible times. There literally was only one way to go, and that was straight across the water, but alas…they had no boats prepared for that many people. Reminds me of my wife’s freedom story of fleeing Laos in 1979 when she was just three years old. They could not safely go south into Cambodia, east into Vietnam, or north into China; going west into Thailand was truly their only option for getting out of Laos. Her father took his family across the Mekong River in a hollowed out wooden canoe, in the middle of the night while it was pouring down rain, to get into Thailand. She knows what it’s like to have to cross a body of water to both get away from danger and to get into safety and freedom from oppression. Well, the Israelites found themselves in that exact same predicament when God used Moses to get them out of Egypt only to direct them straight into a geographical dead end at the edge of the Red Sea. But we know now that was no accident, but rather an appointment…a divine appointment by God, as our pastor always says. We’ve heard him say many a time that, “Nothing ever happens in your life that God Himself does not either arrange, allow, or appoint.”

So, the simple fact that God’s people found themselves in what appeared to be a dead end, God knew was clearly a chance for Him to show His almighty miraculous power, strengthening their faith in Him yet once again. God directed them to that geographical point on purpose…not on accident. There are no accidents with God, only divine appointments. We know the rest of the story. God proved Himself both mighty and faithful to His people. What God asks you to do for Him, He will also enable you to perform. It is just up to us Christians to take that first step of faith and show God that we are willing to head in the direction that He is telling us to go.

I said all of that to lay the groundwork for this, “God directs us all into His ‘Red Sea Areas of Life’ so that we can be in a helpless position, powerless to do anything except to fully trust, rely, and depend on Him to get us through.” That is precisely where my wife and I found ourselves when we knew He wanted us to start the process of adoption. We could handle everything…up to a certain point, because filling out endless amounts of paperwork was the easy part; but finding out where to get the necessary adoption funds from….that was the “Red Sea” part. That was the part where we both said, “How is this ever going to happen?”

Fast forward to one month after our son was born, August 13, 2017, and God had given us every single penny that we needed to completely cover his adoption agency expenses, and the interstate (crossing state lines) lawyer expenses. “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.” – I Thessalonians 5:24 and “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” – Exodus 14:13-14

So many other times in the Bible we see that phrase, “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” God wants us periodically to find ourselves in the position to where the only way out is through His miracle-working power, and so He intentionally directs our life’s path there, to a Red Sea place, so that we can stand still, be quiet, stop doing things in our own power, and watch Him work out His solution for what we view as “our predicament.”

God provided for us, and He will provide for you. Whatever it is, that seems humanly impossible, He can do…paying for your child’s college, finding you a job or finding you a better/more fulfilling job, healing a sickness or not healing you but rather giving you a ministry through it to help other people. God will always do something two-fold every time…that which is best for us, and that which will bring Him the most glory. God could have simply directed the Israelites around the Red Sea, or in a different direction altogether, but, God knew that which His people did not, that Pharaoh and his army would eventually pursue after them anyways. Had God taken them in any other direction, they would’ve eventually been caught by Pharaoh’s army, and slaughtered. God needed a trap to lure the Egyptian army into, and the Red Sea was absolutely perfect for that. It just involves something that the Israelites themselves could not perform…..a miracle. That’s God’s business. What seemed like the Israelite’s demise and destruction, was actually their deliverance, salvation, answer to prayer, and pathway to freedom.