…"Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to move on."
Moses had brought the whole nation of Israel, approximately 600,000, to a dead end in the desert. The only thing between Israel and Pharaoh’s pursuing army was the Red Sea. This was after nine plagues God had inflicted on Pharaoh to motivate him to free the Israelites. Finally, Pharaoh had freed Moses and the people, and they left Egypt. They thought they were home free. "Freedom at last," they said. But God did a strange thing. He directed Moses to take a route that led to the Red Sea, instead of the northern route around the Red Sea. God explained that He didn’t want them fighting the enemies they would have encountered on this route. But still, there was the issue of the Red Sea.
They finally arrived at the Red Sea, and the people were wondering where they would go from there. News hit the camp: Pharaoh had changed his mind. He was coming after them with his army. Panic set in. The defenseless Israelites cried out, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?…It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" (Ex. 14:11b-12)
God sometimes brings each of us to a "Red Sea" in our life. It may be a business problem that can’t be solved. It may be a marriage that seems to be failing. It may be a life-threatening disease like Ovarian Cancer Stage 3-4 with only 10% survival rate. Whatever your Red Sea, God tells us one thing: "Keep moving." The Red Sea was before them, yet God was angered at Moses and told him to "Keep moving."
"But Lord, the Red Sea is before me." "Keep moving." When we live by sight, we act on what we see. God sets this stage in dramatic fashion. God is into the dramatic. There is no way out without God here. That is just the way He wants it. No one will get glory except God.
Iris was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2001. She went into remission until 2007, only this time her cancer is metastasized in her lymph nodes, heart, breast bone, breast and neck. Surgery and traditional radiation plus chemotherapy is no longer an option. What our doctor is saying Iris is terminally ill. Faced with such a life and death situation, "We must not withdraw from being proactive in our faith just because of this trial. God’s hand is on our life. There are too many who are depending on us to fulfill the purposes God has in our life. Keep moving! Keep investing ourselves in others."My wife and I didn’t feel like it. Iris was in too much pain. But Iris and I did it anyway. God met us at the point of our greatest need once, simply by being obedient. Getting past ourselves by investing in others helped heal the pain. There is great healing when we look past our own problems and seek to invest ourselves in others for the sake of Christ. This is when our own Red Seas become parted. We begin to walk to freedom. But we will never experience the miracle of the Red Sea in our lives if we don’t first "Keep moving."