Does life feel impossible for you right now? Is there some obstacle that seems to be standing in the way? Do you feel there’s no way around it, but also no way through it? It’s as if a sea is keeping you from where you want to go. Almost like a mountain is a barrier that prevents you from moving forward.
I feel like these are the moments God gets excited about. You see the impossible, He sees opportunities. God can either showcase His authority or help you see your faith in action.
“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.” Exodus 13:21-22 ESV
“He commanded the Red Sea to dry up. He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.” Psalm 106:9 NLT
“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land” Hebrews 11:29a NIV
I am sure when the Israelites came to the Red Sea, with the Egyptians and Pharaoh hot on their tails, they feared their lives were over. They must have thought that either they would die by drowning or die by sword. And what did God do? He parted the sea. He made a dry path – not just a path through the sea but a dry path – through the unknown and frightening. In a lack of safety, God provided.
“He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.’ ” Matthew 17:20 ESV
“And Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.’ ” Mark 11:22-23 ESV
I love mountains. I really do. They are gorgeous and magnificent. But when driving, oh they can be a pain. You have to either go all the way around, or endure the painfully windy roads up and down to get around (I deal with vertigo so this gets painful!). They can be unbelievably massive, and when you choose to hike it, sometimes you wonder if you have the strength to press on and climb over the ridge. It’s a challenge for sure.
Do you realize how small a mustard seed is? Wicked, itty bitty, teeny tiny, small. Yet, that little thing can move a mountain. Hold the phone! These are the words of Christ. If He is declaring this over us, over our faith regardless of where it lies on the strength scale, then how could it not be possible?
“But He said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”” Luke 18:27 ESV
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” Romans 8:11a NLT
We can part seas and move mountains through our faith in Christ; the Spirit of God living in us is what empowers us to have victory over our obstacles.
I know it’s easy to get discouraged when you see the things laying before your eyes. It can appear intimidating and seem impossible. But our God is the God of impossible. We cannot comprehend all that He can do, all He knows, and how great He truly is. But what we do know is enough to know He can be trusted and will not forsake us. God does not abandon us when trials come our way and when obstacles arise. He uses them in our personal sanctification and the strengthening of our faith. He enables us to do the impossible.
God is bigger than any sea that lies before us and any mountain that towers above us. The seas know His name and the mountains bow before Him.
“We will sing to our souls / We won’t bury our hope / Where He leads us to go / There’s a Red Sea road / When we can’t see the way / He will part the waves / And we’ll never walk alone / Down the Red Sea road” Ellie Holcomb