A Way in the Sea
Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; ~Isaiah 43:16
Of the many great miracles of the Bible, next to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, the opening of the Red Sea is, by far, the one most often referred to. It is a miracle very ingrained into the history of the Jewish people. It is a miracle that is unforgettable in its action. In our devotion this morning, our Lord refers to His awesome and unmatched ability of making a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters.
We see the obstacle.
Exodus 14 gives us the details of the Red Sea miracle. The Hebrews were standing at the shoreline of the Red Sea. It was too long and too deep for them to walk or swim across. In addition, they had babies, small children, pregnant mothers, people with physical disabilities, and the elderly, who had no way of getting across. Behind the Hebrews was the Egyptian army, which was coming to take them back by force as slaves. As the Hebrews looked at the Red Sea, the only thoughts they had were, “How can we get across? How can there be a way to the other side?”
We see the Omnipotent.
It is not until we come to the end of ourselves that we see God arise on our behalf. God said that He would make a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters. There is nothing too hard for the Lord. As our Creator and the Most High God, He does great and mighty things that we know not of. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. He is omnipotent and all-powerful. There is no storm that He does not control. There are no winds that He cannot stop. There is no sea or river that He cannot make a way through. He is almighty!
We see the opening.
God sent a wind that night that parted the waters of the Red Sea, resulting a large path so that the people could cross from one side to the other. The waters receded and became walls of water on both sides. The wet, muddy bottom became dry. All the way across, the large pathway made a way for the crossing by the Hebrews. Every person would safely walk across, dry shod! No one would be captured, harmed, or injured. God made a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters.
We see the overthrow.
“Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.” The entire Egyptian army—its chariots, horses, and men—went onto the same path that the Hebrews walked with the idea of capturing them. As soon as the last Israelite crossed to the other side, God caused the waters on both sides to come crashing down on the Egyptians. That army, with its chariots and horses, was overthrown. They would lie down together and none of them would rise. They were soundly and decisively overthrown.
We see the overcomers.
The Hebrews saw the great deliverance that God gave them and believed! It would have been better if they had believed before the miracle, but still they believed. The crossing of the Red Sea pictures for us our salvation in Christ. It also pictures the faith that overcomes the world. Overcoming faith believes that God will always make a way where there is no way. God is able! There is nothing that God cannot do! Have faith that God makes a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters.
Have a faith-inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Kings 23-25