By Faith
Melissa Milbourn, She Speaks Conference Graduate

"By Faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land…” Hebrews 11:29 (NIV)

I love the Word of God…its width and its depth, and how it is truly alive and active when we choose to get into it and allow it to transform our hearts. But in the past this particular scripture has been humorous to me. I always thought, “For crying out loud, how much faith could it take to cross the Red Sea? You’ve already seen God’s might by way of parting it! The Egyptians are CHAISING YOU, the only common sense thing to do is RUN ACROSS the sea through the path that God has created…or be slain by the Egyptians, or taken captive again! What kind of faith does it take to cross in those circumstances?”

I thought it was humorous, that is, until God made it alive to me by relating it to my life.

This past year God called me to “step out” in a variety of ways in my life. His callings took me into unfamiliar territory. I, too, had a choice to make. I either had to stay where I was, or cross the Sea. To stay where I was meant that I wouldn’t fulfill the “hope of my calling,” or enter my “promised land”. This is where God’s blessings would flow fully and abundantly to me and through me as I allowed Him to be Lord of my life. There’s much reward in obedience. I knew that crossing the sea was the way to go. I knew it was best for me, and yet I stood on the shore saying, “Do I cross or not cross?”

Put yourself in the place of the Israelites. Picture yourself standing by the Red Sea. The Egyptians are hot on your trail. Moses raises the staff and the waters part. You’re standing on the shore looking at that. You have to run down a hill to the bottom of the sea. Can you imagine how high the walls of water would be on each side of you? What about the noise of the wind holding the water back? You’d be thinking, “If I run into this, will the waters stay back until I get across? Can I make it before the waters come crashing back in?” “By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land.”

Even when God is offering deliverance or a good path, it still takes faith to accept it!

The good news is our God is so faithful to us. He doesn’t stand on the other side of the sea shouting, “Hurry up and run!” He gently and lovingly stands by our side, takes our hand, and says: “Beloved, don’t be afraid. I will not leave you nor forsake you, I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you walk through the waters I will be with you, they will not sweep over you, for I am the Lord your God and I love you…together, let's cross the sea” (adapted from Isaiah 43).

Is God calling you to “step out”? It could be getting more involved at church, a new ministry, a new job, or moving to a new area.

Whatever sea of circumstances you might have, may you, by faith, cross the sea as though on dry land.

Dear Lord, earnestly I seek You. Help me not to fear, but to be strong and courageous, standing on the promise that You will not leave me nor forsake me. Together we'll cross the sea. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst

i am not but i know I AM by Louie Giglio

If you believe God is calling you to step out in faith by working at home, Glynnis Whitwer will be hosting a 4-part conference call series - based on her book work@home: a Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work From Home by Glynnis Whitwer- beginning Monday, October 29th on how to make the transition. For more information, click here.

Application Steps:
Practice faith. Be faithful in the small things that God is calling you to do, so that when the big things arrive you'll already be accustomed to obeying God's ways. Establish a level of faith and trust.

Reflections:
Is God calling you into an area that's new to you?

Are you going through a difficult time and don’t see a way out? Pray and seek to recognize His call for you to trust Him.

Power Verses:
Psalm 77:19, "Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen." (NIV)

Luke 17:6, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you." (NIV)

Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (NIV)

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9 Comments:

Blogger Sisterlisa said...

As always, I needed this today. The spirit reminded me that no matter what we face, God can do anything! We've committed something to Him, and are walking in Faith as He carries it out. When we see more of how God is working in this matter, I'll let you know. Right now it's all by faith.

Blogger Monica said...

Melissa;
Thank you for your today's devotional. I made the decision today to let go of the old and receive the new that the Lord has in store for me. I have stayed at the base of the Promised Land for a long time and I am weary. Today, I chose to enter His Promised Land and be the woman He created me to be.
I pray that all of those who read today's devotional will be encouraged and stirred to crossover to receive the promises of God.

Blogger WHOW said...

Thank you! I normally start my day out coming here, but yesterday I ended my day by reading yesterday's devotion and wow, I think my day would have went a little differently! Thanks!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is amazing how God's word can't go out void. i always feel encouraged when i read your devotions. Thanks for using your gifts and talents wisely.

Blogger Jessica said...

Thank you so much for this word, a friend of mine emailed to me because she felt i could use it and boy was she correct, there has been many trials in my life lately, I gave birth to my first born but imediatly after my grandmother/mother (she raised me ) passed away, and right after that my husband found out that we are moving to Florida. In a span of 4 months my life has felt like an emotional roller coaster.

But thank you for being used by the Lord in re affirming me that this too shall pass and it's time for me to cross the red sea. Funny because we were just in an all night vigil and the verse I shared was Issiah 43.

May God continue to use you and speak through you for His Glory.

Blogger Sisterlisa said...

Ok, here is my post about what I said earlier.

http://ourapplesofgold.blogspot.com/2007/10/second-chances-changed-hearts.html

Talk about walking by faith! oiy!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank God for your words that encouraged me today. Yes, I just wept when I read this, but I can go forward stronger now and always secure in Gods love.
A

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing how our great God of wonders shows Himself strong especially in our darkest moments. I just felt defeat and despair dissolve away from me when I read this devotion. I read this devotion at a later date (today's 10/25/07) but I just knew God wanted me to see this today to encourage me.He knows it all! Thanks Melissa. May God continue to bless the work of your hands as they touch lives in a Jesus way!

Blogger MizJohnson said...

I came back to this day to see what the daily devotion was for the day that my husband was sentenced to 18 months in prison. I am so grateful to God for holding my hand and walking me through this "sea."

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