Red Sea Rule

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Posted on November 30, 2020

Global Bible Initiative is the epitome of a “faith ministry.” We begin the year, and sometimes the month or week, trusting God to provide the prayer support, funds, talent and partnerships necessary to accomplish what we strongly sense God has led us to do. God continues to provide through faithful supporters everything we need to sustain multiple Bible translation projects for people waiting to hear the Good News in an understandable way and in their own language.  

Rob Morgan is a pastor and author who lives in my vicinity.  I love to hear him illuminate the Word of God, revealing tremendous practical life applications. His book,  The The Red Sea Rules, is based on Exodus 14, and one of the “rules” has been a real faith-builder for me.

Verses 14: 23-24 say, “Then the Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you must camp in front of Baal-zephon, facing it by the sea. Pharaoh will say of the Israelites: They are wandering around the land in confusion; the wilderness has boxed them in. I will harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he will pursue them. Then I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh.’ So, the Israelites did this.”

Here’s the situation, the Israelites were in a horrible position, militarily speaking.  They had the sea in front, mountains on both sides and angry Egyptians coming behind them.  But the odd thing is, they were exactly where God told them to camp.  They did not aimlessly wander into a trap then ask God to save them.  

Remember that God put you where you are, perhaps for reasons known only to Him. Here is the Red Sea rule, realize that God means for you to be where you are.

“Let me say I am here… by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training, for this time.”  -Rob Morgan

But what if the difficult place I am in is my own fault? The result of a poor decision, lack of expertise, or even sin?

Our God is a God who not merely restores but takes up our mistakes and follies into His plan for us and brings good out of them.”  -J. I. Packer

An old commentary on Exodus 14 says, “When God fixes our position for us, and even when we foolishly and willfully choose a position for ourselves, He most graciously overrules our folly, and causes the influences of our self-chosen circumstances to work for our spiritual benefit.” 

So, why do we sometimes find ourselves in a seemingly impossible situation? As God Himself reminds us in the passage, “Then I will receive glory.” At GBI, we want to be careful to give God all the honor, praise and glory that He is due for what He allows us to accomplish for the sake of the Kingdom. 

We are charged to exhibit a spirit of humility and gratitude. We acknowledge that without the faithful prayers, material support, and talent of those who God calls to give to and serve with GBI, we can do nothing. So, if you are one of those, we say… “Thank You! And, to God be the glory.”

Ken Stephens
Managing Director at Global Bible Initiative