He Split The Sea
“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 14:21-22
Just the other day I heard a familiar song to our fellowship, one that we sing together on Sunday mornings from time to time. “No Longer Slaves” is a wonderful declaration of the freedom we have in Christ and the profound truth that we are no longer slaves to fear, but that we are children of God. This song has been out for several years now and has made its appearance in many worship sets. As time has gone on, this song has unintentionally found its way to the back of my song list. Upon hearing this song, however, one line in particular caused a stirring within my soul like never before. You see, in the bridge of the song there is a line that exclaims (speaking of God) “You split the sea so I could walk right through it.” Those words kept ringing in my ears— You SPLIT THE SEA so I could walk right through it. I was undone by the profoundness of this statement and moved to an overwhelming sense of awe in just how big our God is.
Simply put, this is the message of the gospel of grace we have in Jesus. We, being born into sin and separation from our Creator, have been freely given the means of salvation through the finished work of Jesus on the cross, through His death and resurrection. The Israelites were met with a similar impossibility as they departed from the hand of Pharaoh. As Moses led them from the land of Egypt to their promised land, they were being pursued by the armies of their Egyptian ruler, only to find themselves trapped between their adversary and the Red Sea. Their demise was eminent and ever present before them, yet at the right time, through the instruction of God Almighty, Moses raised his staff and the Lord drove back the sea. Like the sea before the people of God, our sin stands as an impossible adversary whereby we are separated from the fullness of Gods love and grace. But just like the song declares, HE SPLIT THE SEA SO WE CAN WALK RIGHT THROUGH IT!
My prayer for us all is that in the midst of the mundane, may we be reminded of the faithfulness of the Father and His unending grace for us. May we be stirred and filled with immeasurable joy and peace, knowing both who we are and Who’s we are. Restore to [us] the joy of [our] salvation and uphold [us] with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:12