After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14
Today the United States divorce statistics record 45% not making it “for better or worse”. I understand that sometimes you may be able to say…”Well, I didn’t know that about you when I said I do”, but… you did, and now you do, so…
Relationships in general are messy because they involve imperfect humans right! I know cuz I am one, I’m married to one and we are trying to raise six more all at the same time!! Praise Jesus His extravagant mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:23)! Amen!
In relationships in general, marriage or not, you may find yourself at a cross in the road… kinda like your toe is up to the Red Sea shoreline like the Israelite’s did trying to escape the Egyptians! You have to make a choice… do you choose to part ways because the situation seems impossible? …Or do you choose to see how God Himself parts the waters of impossibility for you like only He could (Matt. 19:26)!
In Exodus 14 we see the enemy begin to pursue and chase after the Israelite’s again… why? Because they saw value in them! The enemy knows how valuable you/we are to Jesus and how valuable relationships are to Him, so yes, the enemy will fight for your family, fight for your marriage, fight for your friendships because they are VALUABLE!!
How are you and I fighting FOR our relationships? Even when our mood doesn’t match our mission? (Eph. 4:27 and do not give the enemy a foothold.)
God never asks us to fight alone. He always thoroughly equips for what He commands (Phil. 4:19). Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp …Gen. 14:19. God positioned Himself behind the Israelites, in between them and the enemy (vs. 19) with the Red Sea in front …get moving (vs 15)! What?! But there’s a sea God?!
Lord, please help us not get stuck wallowing in excuses!! If You are leading, if You got my back… help me to GET MOVING!
God’s got our back whom shall we fear (Psalm 27:1)!?! Verse 21 …and the LORD opened up a path through the water… Good golly what?!! The LORD opened up a path… through an OCEAN!!
Psalm 77:19 Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there! You better believe no one knew it was there!!!
Jesus’ toe was brought to the shore line of the Red Sea, so to speak, in the Garden of Gethsemane and He chose to submit to the Fathers will (Luke 22:42). He chose to bear that “cross in the road” for us. He chose to fight for you and I on the cross when we certainly did not deserve it (Romans 5:8).
Is your toe up to the shoreline of the Red Sea too today? Does what’s before you seem impossible? Maybe it’s a relationship or even a situation.
Jesus, You are great and awesome, thank You for being bigger than our battles, for being a God who makes a way through the impossible “Red Seas”. Help us to surrender to Your better way and allow You to fight for us. Strengthen our arms for the battle of fighting for whats of GREAT value and worth… our faith, our family, and friendships. To You be the glory, in Jesus name.
Independent Read: 1 John 3:16, John 15:12,17, Exodus 14:14, Gen. 49:24, Is. 41:13, Luke 6:35