Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The God Who Parts Seas

I am still thinking about Faith that Moves Mountains.  It is so easy to focus on those mountains and not on the One who actually does the moving.  This morning as I continued my reading in Exodus I came to the part where the Israelites are camped by the red sea with the Egyptian army bearing down on them.
From The Brick Testament-
can you believe someone has illustrated Old testament stories with Legos?
I've included a link at the bottom of this post where you can see the rest of the story and want to thank the owner for allowing me to share some of his images with you.
Talk about a mountain that needing moving!  The people of the LORD were terrified.  Pharoah's whole army was coming after them and they had no where to run.

The Isrealites were not happy campers at this point and turned on Moses.  So not only did Moses have an army coming after him, but an angry mob of his own as well.  To be honest, I have at times felt a bit like that crowd when I have faced some of my own mountains.  Is life really better here?  Sad to say there have been a couple of times in my life when I really doubted that God loves me the way He says He does.  Despite that, He is about to lavish His love on His people once again.

Remain calm, you say?  Don't be afraid, you say?  Sometimes the world is a really terrifying place.  Sometimes I feel like there is no escape.  But just like He has done so many times before, God is about to show both His chosen people, the Egyptians, and the rest of the world, that nothing is impossible for Him.
So the LORD directs Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea and the LORD parts it-even drying out the land for His people to walk on so they can cross safely to the other side.
I've tried to imagine what was going through the hearts and minds of God's people as they made their way across the bed of that sea.  What an incredible rush that must have been!

The Lord was not finished yet.  He stirred the hearts of the Egyptians and they gave chase and followed      the people of Israel right into the sea.
But the LORD brought confusion to the army of Egypt in the midst of the sea...
and then He directed Moses to once again stretch out his hand over the sea and let the waters flow back over the Egyptians.  The entire army of Pharaoh was wiped out; by God and God alone.  Not a single one of them was left when it was all over.

And it hit me.  God is in the business of moving mountains into the sea.  He is in the business of rescuing His people.   He is in the business of lavishing His love upon us.  It started before the world even began.  He had this plan.  A plan that involved choosing us, redeeming us, forgiving us, adopting us, and sealing us. (Eph. 1:1-14)  He has forever been in charge of it all.  There is not a detail that has escaped His notice.  His plan marches forward until that final day when every knee shall bow under the authority of Jesus Christ.  Not one of the mountains along my journey is too big for Him to move out of the way.  Do I want to have faith that moves mountains?  Then I have got to get to know the Mover of mountains.  In knowing Him I will find what I long for; a faith that does not doubt.

Grace, Peace, and Mercy,

 To see the rest of the story done in Legos click here.

1 comment:

GrammaGrits said...

Love the visuals! Thanks, too, for the reminder that God can move the mts. into the sea. Seems we have some big mts. this year, but God is faithful.