Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptian
s, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the LORD!
The Lord told Moses to stop praying and get moving! Prayer illustrates our dependence upon God, but action shows that we live by faith. Sometimes we know what to do, but we pray for more guidance to postpone actually doing it. If we know what we should do, then it is time to get moving.
Some scholars believe the Israelites did not cross the main body of the Red Sea. They point to the shallow lakes and marshes to the north that dry up at certain times of the year or perhaps a smaller branch of the Red Sea where the water would have been shallow enough to wade across. But this fails to explain what prevented the Egyptian army from pursuing the people. The Bible, on the other hand, clearly states that the Lord drove the sea back “with a strong east wind” and turned “the seabed into dry land.” Also, the water was deep enough to cover the chariots.
The Israelites had no apparent way of escape, but the Lord opened up a dry path through the sea. Sometimes we find ourselves caught in a problem and see no way out. Don’t panic; God can open up a way. The God who created the earth and water performed a mighty miracle at exactly the right time to demonstrate his great power and love for his people
’ll be able to echo the psalmist: “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!” (Psalm 77:19) Ask God to give you the courage to take steps forward.