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God parts seas so we can walk through them by faith

Let me tell you about the thought that has been running through my mind lately: Even though God parted the Red Sea, the people still had to walk through it.
Well that seems rather basic, doesn’t it? But hear me out on this. And to be correct, it was actually Moses that God used to part the Red Sea. God told Moses, “Lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” — Exodus 14:16.
God parted the Red Sea through the obedience of Moses. And as rebellious and ungrateful as the Israelites could be, I have to give them credit for actually obeying and exercising faith to walk across it. If you picture the scenario in your mind, I believe it would be a bit frightening to do what they did.
Scripture says, “The waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” — Exodus 14:22.
I know it had to be parted wide enough for a chariot to fit through, but I can’t see it being much wider than that. This was a wall of water on each side, not with glass holding it in as in an aquarium. A wall of water folks.
I know if it was me in that situation, I would have needed faith to walk through it, faith in God to not let the water go and crash in on me.
Here is the point I want to make: God parts seas and opens doors for us, but we still need to use faith to walk through them.
If the Israelites would not have used faith and been obedient to God telling them to walk across the sea, they would have been captured by the Egyptians. It would have been ridiculous then if they would have blamed God for their capture, wouldn’t it?
Nothing gets my blood boiling more than when people blame God for their situation when he has already parted the sea for them and they simply refuse to exercise faith and walk through it.
“Now wait a minute," you may be saying, “I thought you were a grace person. You always mention how it is all about Jesus and not about what we have done. Aren’t you now getting into works?”
It is all about Jesus and not our works, but works is trusting in self and doing things on our own. I’m talking about putting faith in Jesus and what he has done for us and then doing what he has called us to do.
Sometimes we simply need to believe and trust. But sometimes we need to believe, trust and obey when he calls us to step out and walk through the sea he has parted for us. Doing what God has called us to do is not works, it is called obedience and is still needed under grace. It is not required to be right with God because only faith in Jesus as our Savior makes us right with God, but obedience is required to walk in the fullness Jesus has already made available for us.
Grace is God’s part. Faith is our part, and sometimes faith requires us to step out.
Let me give a little example from my own life. During the summer I enjoy gardening, but during the winter I just need something to do that I enjoy. I could spend all day every day cleaning, but that is not my idea of enjoyment. So I had been praying for God to show me something I could do during the winter with the kicker being a way to bring in a little extra money for my family.
The Holy Spirit put on my mind to make soup for people. Sounds like a weird idea, right? Yeah, that is what I thought too, so I pushed it off for awhile, thinking it was a bit absurd. But the idea never went away, and it was like God was saying, “Look, I’m opening up this opportunity for you, but you need to step out in faith in order for it to happen.”
So one day I posted on Facebook, asking if I made soup if anyone would be interested. And the response was well above what I expected and continues to grow as I do it most every week during the winter.
What a blessing it has been, and I am thankful to God for his grace parting the sea so that I could walk through it by faith and for helping me to make bigger batches of soup than I ever dreamed I could.
Let me ask you, what sea is God parting for you and asking you to walk through by faith? Know that if he has called you, he will hold back the water and won’t let it come crashing in on you. All you have to do is walk by faith and trust him.
Amber can be reached at amberdeemiller32@gmail.com">amberdeemiller32@gmail.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.

Published: June 21, 2017
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