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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Back Against the Wall

February 8

(Exodus 14:15-22 NIV) "Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. {16} Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. {17} I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. {18} The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen." {19} Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, {20} coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. {21} Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, {22} and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left."

When Pharaoh’s army trapped the Israelites against the Red Sea, it was just as much a part of God’s plan as their passing through the waters on dry ground. It works the same with us. Desperate times will breed either agnosticism or faith. When our backs are against the wall, we will either curse God, or we will trust the Lord to deliver us. We will either turn away from God, or He will become very significant and real to us. When we trust God to deliver us, He will move on our behalf in His time and in His way. But the problem is just as big a part of God’s blessing as the solution. When placed in God’s hands, an impossible predicament can morph into a passageway through the sea of despair. Having our backs against the wall can bring us face-to-face with Christ and His power to transform situations as well as people. So today, why not consider thanking God for your predicaments as well as for the solutions. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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