Pass Through the Waters

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Exodus 14:10-31

And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground . . . (v. 22)

Immediately following their escape, the Israelites give in to panic. The Egyptian army is in hot pursuit behind them. The impassible Red Sea lies before them. God’s people anticipated an easy journey. Instead, they are facing certain death.

We often assume that belonging to the one true God means an easy journey. We are confused, outraged, even panicked when we find ourselves in a place of loss or hardship. God doesn’t promise to steer us around life’s ordeals. But he does promise to carry us safely through. In Isaiah, God tells his people, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; . . . you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; . . . they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned . . . For I am the LORD your God . . . your Savior” (Isa. 43:1-3).

The same God who forged a path through the Red Sea made a way through our greatest ordeal. At the cross, Jesus passed through the fire of God’s judgment to lead us into eternal life. The cross is his guarantee that no matter what we face, there is one who has already made a way. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, envision Jesus making a way through your greatest challenges.