Trial Before Deliverance

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There were mountains on either side, the Red Sea in Front and the Egyptian army behind.

Can you imagine the terror of that moment, the fear that must have gripped every Israelite heart? Wouldn’t it be exciting to have been there when God came to Israel’s aid by parting the Red Sea before them?

Imagine watching God work like that in your own life. Wouldn’t you love to have your own “parting of the Red sea” story to tell?

In our desire to see God move mightily in our lives, we often forget that trial comes before deliverance. If the Israelites had not been trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red sea God would not have needed to part the waters in front of them.

Think of all of the great stories of Scripture. If the children of Israel had never run out of food, God would not have provided Manna for them. If they had never run out of water, He would not have brought water out of a rock.

Over the course of his lifetime, George Muller opened multiple orphanages that collectively cared for over 10,000 orphans. His orphanages were run on faith and prayer alone. He never asked anyone for money even when his ministry was in the most desperate need.

One morning the housekeeper of one of the orphan houses came to George Muller and informed him that there was no more food in the house nor was there money to buy any. When the orphans assembled for breakfast, George Muller bowed his head and prayed, thanking God for the food that He would provide. As He finished, a nock was heard on the door. A milk cart had just broken down outside the orphanage. Since the milk was liable to spoil before it could be delivered the driver wondered if the orphanage could use it. George Muller joyfully dispatched several of the older boys to carry in the milk. A moment later a second nock was heard. This time a baker stood outside. He explained that he had been unable to sleep the night before because the Lord had impressed the orphans upon his mind. He had spent all that night baking bread for the orphanage.

I don’t know about you but I want that. I long to see prayers answered and impossible situations turned on their heads. But in order for God to deliver us so miraculously, we first need to be trapped in an impossible situation.

Far too often when things go badly I become fearful or frustrated. I forget that these are the very moments when we get to see God work.

Psalm 46:1-2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;”

The psalmist declares that he will not fear even in the midst of the most extreme circumstances. Why? God is our refuge and strength. He is our help in trouble.

As believers, we never need to fear because our God is a very present help in trouble. We can rejoice in trials because our God is working in and through them to bring glory to His name.