All that night

“The Lord caused the sea to go back… all that night.” Exodus 14:21

We all experience nights. We experiences times of drought where we struggle with prayer and communication with God. We have times where our faith wavers on the edge of unbelief and desitution. That is indeed part of the human experience.

The Israelites waited on the Egyptians to come and kill them. They had fled the land of the Egyptians just to come be slaughtered in the desert and returned to forced captivity. The pillar of fire that separated them from the Egyptians seemed thin as they could see the silhouettes of angry men in chariots with spears jabbing at the swirling fire. How long would the pillar hold? How long would it be before the Egyptians found a way around.

We wait in the night for our greatest fears to take hold of us. We have fled the land of earthly pleasures to follow Christ just to have our greatest fears take us in the night. Why should we follow Christ at all. The everlasting arms protecting us from danger seemed there one moment and to dissappear the next. We can see the silhouettes of angry men and unkind words jabbing at those loving arms holding us tight. How long would the arms hold? When would we do something that caused the wiles of enemy to get through and cause the demise of us and everything we love.

The fact is, God moved the sea “all that night.”

During the long dark nights of our lives, God is often moving the sea that we feel hems us in. The insurmountable thing in our lives that keeps us from being productive and effective. The thing that keeps us from moving forward. As we wait in fear at night, God is moving the sea.

“All that night” that weary vigil
Passed; the day at last did break,
And they saw that God was working
“All that night” a path to make.

“All that night,” O child of sorow,
Canst thou not they heartbreak stay?
Know thy God in darkest midnight
Works, as well as in the day.

Streams in the Desert, Volume 1, June 4

Keep the faith. Pray for day two of Bible School. I am so glad that God works in spite of our weakness. He is truly an awesome God!

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