Have you ever had a great moment ruined by a dead end? I’ve had those kinds of moments and when they have come, I have learned two things: They serve a purpose, and they’re not really dead ends at all.
The children of Israel, after years of suffering, finally had a great day. They were freed from slavery and on their way out of Egypt. We read about this in Exodus chapters 13 and 14. They were leaving their past woes behind and heading toward a new life. God would lead them miraculously, too, with a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. But then it came – a big dead end, literally. The Red Sea. The people were stuck. No way to cross, and the full force of the Egyptian army right behind them. You might ask why God would do something like this. If you read on in the story, it explains that God’s reason for doing this was so that the Israelites would see the deliverance of the Lord. The purpose of the dead end was so that the people could not trust their own planning our abilities. They had to trust the Lord – and when they did, they saw His power in a mighty way they had never imagined possible.
He does the same thing with us, you know. Have you ever been directed on a detour or to a dead end only to see the Lord do the miraculous? If you feel like you’re at a dead end, look out because God is going to do something great.
“But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right and on their left. So the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.” (Exodus 14:29-31)
Other than the day you became a Christian, what was the best day of your life?
Question: What was King Saul’s hometown?
Answer: Gibeah (1 Samuel 10:26)
Storytime: Trust Glory to Keep Me Humble