Red Sea Rule #8
Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. 22 The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. (Exodus 14:21-22)
We say it all the time: “God is in control; He is sovereign. He is going to take care of this in His own way, in His own time.” Sometimes we say it to someone who isn’t a believer yet, but who is struggling to understand why God doesn’t answer in the way they think He ought to – in a way that would help them believe better. Sometimes, we say the same thing to ourselves, or other believers – for exactly the same reason.
If you think about it, God really could have handled the Israelites’ problem with the Egyptians in any one of a number of other ways. In fact, causing a powerful east wind to whip up and blow the Red Sea into two parts, creating a bone-dry highway in the middle for the Israelites to escape wouldn’t come anywhere near to being the easiest solution. But, it was God’s solution. And, it was perfect. In one of the greatest miracles recorded in the Bible, God taught a very simple lesson: trust Him to deliver in His own unique way.
Does God still deliver for His children today? Absolutely. Every day, He rescues us from poor decisions, health crises, emotional upheaval, mortal harm and self-destructive habits. Sometimes – often, really – the answer God provides doesn’t look at all like we want it to. That shouldn’t surprise us, though. God’s perspective on deliverance isn’t like ours. He doesn’t see things like we do. Indeed, the Lord tells us in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,”.
God, in keeping with his character and His individual love for each of us, sees and responds to us in ways that are just as perfect as He is, and just as individual as we are. Sometimes, He uses a miracle. Simply put, that’s something that happens that could only be explained by the action of God. A completely unexpected and unplanned occurrence in your life that answers a desperate prayer. Historically speaking, it’s not His usual method for responding to us, but it does happen. Cameron Thompson said, “We have a God who begins with the impossible and goes on from there.”
Other times, God answers us in what Morgan calls “ordinary, providential ways rather than in overtly supernatural ways.” Some people call it coincidence. I, however, don’t believe in coincidence. I believe in God-ordained divine appointments. Ever had a flat tire and missed a terrible accident on your way to work? I have. And, as a believer, I know that wasn’t random chance – it was the action of a loving God who is watching over His children, guarding, arranging, guiding.
There are also those times when God’s response to us is more mysterious. He deals with issues that we may not even know were there until we look at them with the gift of perfect hindsight. Jesus talks about this in John 13:7, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Some things, we just aren’t meant to understand. Again, because His ways aren’t our ways, and His thoughts aren’t our thoughts. But, He promises that, one day, we will understand, in a deep and intimate way that will reveal in the most complete way His great love for us. So, trust God to deliver in His own unique way. He always does that for His children – it’s His specialty!