When the children of Israel were finally set free from Egypt after 400 years of slavery, they started marching out to freedom and the first thing they came to was the Red Sea. There were impassable mountain ranges on two sides of them, the sea in front of them. Behind them, in hot pursuit, was the Egyptian army because the Pharaoh had changed his mind about letting them go. The path before the Israelites looked like a dead end.
But God knew exactly what He wanted to do. He had not made a mistake. He could see what they could not see. He opened the Red Sea and they walked through to safety. Years later, the Israelites looked back and sang, “Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.” (Psalm 77:19).
When you look at your current circumstances, do you feel frustrated by prayers that seem unanswered? Take heart! Jesus is always present and active in the lives of the believer. If you can’t see His work at the moment, look further back as the Psalmist did and remember the many times He was at work in your life–even if you couldn’t see it at the time. “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” (Ps 77:11) Those memories make it easier to stand in faith. Even when we can’t see the proof today, behind the scenes Jesus is leading us, protecting us, and using our lives to share His love with others. One day we’ll look back on today and see His grace-filled footprints all over our lives.
- NIV Study Bible/Bible Gateway
- Mornings with Jesus 2017
- Trusting God When I Don’t Understand