Exodus 14: 1- 4a “Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”
Exodus 17b-18 “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.”
This is the well known story of when God parted the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites to cross on dry land. I read this today, and as amazing as it is that a SEA actually stepped aside to allow people to walk on dry land, something else stuck out to me.
I often catch myself having more faith in situations involving people who I know are connected to God. It’s easy to believe that God can and will speak to someone who regularly spends time with Him. But in cases where people don’t? Somehow I have it in my head that THAT scenario is more difficult for God. Silly little human brain of mine…
In the verses above, God didn’t say ‘but I will gain glory for myself despite Pharaoh and all his army’…He said ‘I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army.’ God used the enemy for His glory…and not just in a little ‘side miracle’ story, but in the huge ‘hey, I’m God and the heavens and the earth are at my command so no big deal, what’s a little water blocking to save my peeps’ story.
Why in the world do we limit God and His magnificent capacity to do things?! In ALL circumstances – regardless of who is or isn’t involved – we can trust that He is sovereign. What a mighty God we serve…and I am so thankful.
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