I remember an old friend of mine used to teach that our God “always insists there must be ‘dry ground’ on our way through the ‘Red Sea,'” in our lives. What he meant is that we are all going somewhere. As we travel along the “narrow” pathway, and if we are not losing ground or going backward, then our “dry ground” is the plan the Lord laid out for you, His work in your life, His miracles that He is performing. You are moving toward a revelation, a new victory in Christ, toward something greater.
Let me show you what he was talking about. As the people of God were leaving Egypt they eventually (very soon, as a matter of fact) faced a very troubling situation: the Red Sea ahead of them, and Pharoah and his army chasing right behind them. You know, the proverbial rock and a hard place:
Moses answered the people, “Don’t be afraid! Stand still, and see what Yahweh will do to save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again. Yahweh is fighting for you! So be still!”
Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to start moving. Raise your staff, stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide the water. Then the Israelites will go through the sea on dry ground” (Exodus 14:13-16)
Now, as amazing as that was, we see this once again when Israel was poised to enter the “Promised Land.” This time, instead of crossing the red sea with their enemy chasing them, they crossed over the Jordan, but toward their enemy! But once again, it was on the dry ground!
The major difference, though, is that at the Red Sea, Yahweh did the whole thing without any expectations or responsibility from the people. It didn’t even require them to ask for His help or for them to exercise any faith. He did the whole shootin’ match!
However, as they were preparing to enter the “Promised Land,” something was required of them! The had just spent many years with Yahweh continually proving His faithfulness and trustworthiness, and by that point, there should not have been any doubts. So, unlike their experience at the Red Sea, as they prepared to enter the land that the Lord had promised them, the water did not part until they stepped one foot into it! In other words, they had to act on receiving the promise. As Paul wrote, “as a child, I spoke as a child, thought as a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I no longer used childish ways.”
Now, this idea of “walking on dry ground,” of fulfilling the plans of God in our lives, is seen over and over in the Scriptures. Now notice that where Pharaoh and his army lost their battle: on God-given dry ground it is a perfect example of where the devil will come after you. He wants to attack you when you are at your weakest. Yet, it is on this same dry ground that the Lord removes the “chariot wheels” from Satan’s principalities and powers:
“The waters returned and covered the chariots and the charioteers, and all the army of Pharaoh that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them survived” (Exodus 14:28).
Wow! Essentially, this passage is saying: “I want you to learn to move on in faith — not according to a vision or a voice, but when you are in the midst of a dry spell, I want you to be confident that when you cannot hear My voice or see what is ahead — when you are on dry ground — I am leading you somewhere.”
The Lord promises that He will turn our dry ground into springs of fresh water:
“When the poor and needy are looking for water, and there is none, and their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them . . . I will open rivers in desolate places and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water” (Isaiah 41:17-18).
My friends, are you dry? Our Father wants to comfort you and is saying, “Soon you will see a harvest. Where there once was dry ground, life will spring up at your feet. And I have created it! Stand still and see what I will do for you on dry ground.”
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