The Christian Life in 6 Words

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Did you know that when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry ground, it happened at night? I know most children’s Bibles depict it happening during the day, but it actually happened at night. After the Israelites crossed over, Pharaoh’s army pursued them and then Yahweh threw them into a panic. This happened during the morning watch, which was between 2 A.M. and 6 A.M.

Exodus 14:19–25

Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.”

As the Israelites were crossing over, the fire by night was between them and Pharaoh’s army. So the only light source was behind them. The way forward was dark. Pitch black. They had to trust Yahweh that the ground was dry. They had to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). And so do we. God often calls us to do things for Him and we can’t see what lies ahead, but we take steps of faith, just like Moses and Co. did.

Ray Ortlund says-

Here is the Christian life in just six words: “Not knowing where” (Hebrews 11: 8), “I know whom” (2 Timothy 1: 12). Abraham didn’t know where God was leading him, but he didn’t need to know where. Like Paul, he knew whom he had believed. And so it is with us. We don’t know where, but we know whom, and that’s enough. If you always have to know where and what and when and how and so forth, all in advance, before you obey God, then you are not living by faith in God. Living by faith in God accepts ambiguity without getting nervous, because God is the one in charge. “Not knowing where, I know whom” — that’s Christianity. (Isaiah: God Saves Sinners)

Let’s learn to accept ambiguity without getting nervous. After all, if Jesus is anything, He’s trustworthy! Especially when He tells you to cross a sea when it’s pitch black at night.

– Pastor Benji

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