RED SEA RULE 3 on Robert &. Morgan’s book is : “Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord. ”
He then quotes Exodus 14:5-9: “Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him. Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them…So the Egyptians pursued them.”
Here are a few more excerpts….
“Acknowledge Satan’s activity, but don’t be intimidated by him. You can resist him in the power of God and by blood of Jesus Christ.
“Resist the devil and he will fee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:7-8)
“He is drowned in the Red Sea of the blood of Jesus Christ.
“…we always make a mistake when we acknowledge the Lord and keep our eyes on Satan. Far better to acknowledge the devil while keeping our eyes on Christ.”
That last statement hits home. My default is to acknowledge God is there somewhere in the background, while I’m focusing on whatever is surrounding me.
I have too many battles with fear to judge Israel’s when they were trapped between Pharaoh and the Red Sea. I think of the concerns I have and then imagine their terror, especially for their children.
I’ve been struggling through some things at the same time of our mutual isolation. I’ve felt surrounded. Things hurt. Life is scary. But God is drawing me to stop looking for Him outside my situation and start finding Him inside.
My 5-year-old has dental procedures next week, and I’ve been terrified. A week ago at his re-evaluation appointment, I was so eaten up with fear and worry, I realized later I hadn’t even noticed how completely God was there. (We have a good healthcare system, good insurance, a good pediatric dentist. We can get help for his problems before they get worse, especially right now. They didn’t charge us for the re-evaluation visit or for the 4 additional x-rays.) And I had missed all of it because I was waiting for God as if He was outside my struggle. But He’s inside, and He deserves to be noticed.
I must stop thinking my situation is separating me from God and start realizing it’s saturated with Him. Waiting for Him to “show up” and rescue me blinds me to all the ways He’s carrying me through.
When I re-examine this chapter, I realize Israel wasn’t stuck between an army and the Sea, they were shielded by the pillar and the cloud.
“…the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.” (Ex. 13:21-22)
“And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them…” (Ex. 14:19)
I know it was still scary. I know they still faced the Sea, and no one had ever seen one divided by dry land…just like no one had ever seen 10 plagues or pillars of cloud and fire. But He was there.
He’s here. Everywhere. And He deserves to be noticed.
That is what is helping me right now.