When You’re Trying to Move Forward but there’s Something Big and Intimidating in Your Way

I am often humbled on Monday mornings when I struggle to remember what the message was about at church on Sunday…especially when I was the speaker!

In case you have this problem, too, here is a quick review of yesterday’s message at our church.

By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. Hebrews 11:28

From the children of Israel’s experience crossing the Red Sea, we identified 3 things to remember when we’re trying to move forward in faith but there’s something big and intimidating standing in the way:

1. There is Only One Direction when following Jesus: FORWARD.

When it seemed that they were stuck between the Red Sea in front of them and the bad guys behind them, the people received some unexpected advice:

‘The Lord said to Moses ‘Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.'” Exodus 14:15

Like a treadmill, the Christian life has different speeds and different levels of incline, but only one direction. Take your next step forward today.

2. The enemy may be on your heels, but the Lord always has your back. As the Egyptians chased God’s people, the Lord covered their backsides (Exodus 14:19). To be sure, there are dangers and threats behind us, too, but God knows our areas of exposure and vulnerability. He sees what’s going on behind you and He’s got you covered.

3. If God brings you to it, He will see you through it. Just like God parted the Red Sea in the Exodus, so he can make a way through the situation looming large in front of you. It may not be as epic as the Exodus, but you can trust Him to make an opening. All you have to do is trust Him and go.

“…God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” -I Corinthians 10:13

It’s a new day with God. Run with it.

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