Thursday, January 29, 2015

Remember when God parted the waters? Not the Red Sea....the other time!

Have you come to an immovable obstacle? A crossroad? A life-altering decision?

We all know the story of Moses and the exodus from Egypt. God parted the Red Sea and the entire nation of Israel crossed over on dry land. To leave where they were in bondage, it took a great step of faith. With walls of water on either side, they had to walk quite a distance trusting that God would hold the walls up until they were safely on the other side. How quickly they forgot that miracle of power and became so disobedient they wandered in the desert for 40 years. Even Moses, their great humble leader did not enter the promised land.

Fast forward to that time of entering into the promised land. Most of us don't know that before entering the land God had promised, Israel had to again take a great step of faith. God told the priest to carry the Ark and step into the flooded Jordan river. As their feet sunk into the muddy bottom, God piled up the river and the nation walked across on dry land. This time, the Lord told them to take up stones from the middle of the river bed where the priests had stood with the Ark of God in order to erect 'stones of remembrance' for future generations. God led them out of bondage with might and led them into a promise with His power. There was no mistaking His presence as both events were marked by a supernatural extraordinary miracle. The exodus and the entering into the promised land were both made possible with steps of faith. But, only the fulfillment of the promise of their new land was to be marked with those stones.

Strange how the story of Moses parting the Red Sea is known by believers and non-believers alike (thought Moses didn't part the sea, God did), but the story marked by God's instruction to set up "stones of remembrance to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever" is little known but for a foot note.

We credit Moses for parting the sea and forget the God who did it twice for Israel.

The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what He had done to the Red Sea when He dried it up before us until we had crossed over. he did  this so that ALL the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God. Joshua 4:22-24

We must step where God leads. Whether it is out of sin's bondage or into a place of promise, God reacts to our faith in Him and in His power. So if that raging river looks daunting, go on, step in and look for God to part the waters. Take up those stones of remembrance for the next time the river is raging. God is just waiting for you to step in so you can watch Him be magnificent!

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