Posted by: Pastor | April 27, 2009

The Red Sea Rules

If you’re ever in a place where you wonder “How in the world did I get HERE?? and How is God going to get me out of THIS ?! (or is He?) ” you need to check The Red Sea Rules out from the library or pick up a copy for yourself. I have a framed photo copy of the Red Sea Rules’ summary page where I can see it often – it’s that practical and helpful. Here are the ten Red Sea Rules, with a few comments.

Read Exodus 14
■ Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
God, in Exodus 14:1-2, gives Moses specific instructions of where they are to camp. It’s comforting in a strange sort of way to realize that the Lord MEANS for me to be right here right now. Okay, then, I should probably not squirm and try to get away. This one is usually the toughest for me to remember, or at least accept, but once that’s done, it’s a bit easier to move on to the rest.

■ Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.
Scripture is chock-full of situations where God received glory even in the midst of hard-times, the greatest of which was Calvary itself. History records thousands more. So why should my little life be the exception?
■ Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.

■ Pray!
It’s how we express that we need God. It’s our way of telling Him how we feel, what we think we need, how much we need him, and to thank Him for what He’s provided (providing?)

■ Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.
His thoughts aren’t our thoughts (or should I say our thoughts are not His?) His ways and methods are not ours, and my timetable very seldom matches His. I’m most content when I let Him be God.

■ When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.
Just one step is enough. He’ll show the next step when it’s time. When I drive at night my headlights don’t shine all the way to my destination either; just far enough to see what’s next.

■ Envision God’s enveloping presence.
Talk about comforting! This one has changed my life! When I live my life fully aware that God is with me RIGHT here RIGHT now, it changes the whole equation in front of me. For a 17th century perspective on this concept consider The Practice of the Presence of God. It’s not an easy read but it will make you think…one of my favorites.

■ Trust God to deliver in His own unique way. God knows people I don’t know, had resources I’m unaware of, has perfect timing, and can see the long-term ramifications of all the scenarios I can think of. Maybe that’s why He uses His own ways and methods so often.

■ View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
Every faith success builds strength. Every failure can too, if I pay attention. “Lord, make me stronger with this would, would you?”

■ Don’t forget to praise Him.
I wish I could have been there to hear Moses and the Israelites sing to the Lord after their deliverance, exalting Him. Even when He chooses not to intervene He is with us and brings us through. We always want to be the one who came back to say thank you, never the nine who forgot (Luke 17.11-19)
Did that whet your appetite? I hope so. It’s practical, useful and God-centered. You’ll appreciate it. I’d say check it out from the library first and take notes. Then if you want your own copy you can pick one up. I highly recommend The Red Sea Rules.

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