Daily Dose, Nov. 23: It Happened in the Wilderness

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the LORD tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.
Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the LORD did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the LORD and believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses. (Exodus 14:21-31)
Do you know the tune “Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham, rock my soul…?” It’s generally regarded as a children’s song, but I’d belt it out at full volume if we sang it in church some Sunday. I especially like the refrain, “So high can’t get over it, so low can’t go under it, so wide can’t get around it! Oh, rock my soul.” We’ve all been there. Bills to pay, relationships that need repair, health that slips away, crisis moments of which there are many. Israel was at a serious crisis moment. Pharaoh and the army of Egypt was in hot pursuit and an uncrossable sea was in front of them. No way they were gonna survive this moment. But they did survive. The Lord saved them decisively and miraculously.
Look over your shoulder as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Remember the crisis times when the Lord saved the day and made a way through the uncrossable sea. Remember specifically that you did not save yourself. God showed up and you found yourself on the other side of the crisis on dry ground. Remember what God has done in your life and be thankful. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don