“And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand (with boldness). But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.”Exodus 14:8-9
It is funny how life’s tragedies push us to draw closer to God, and we begin to search for Him as if He is hard to be found. At other times, we try to find satisfaction and pleasure in the things of this world until they can no longer satisfy. The things of this world are temporary, and although we know that, we live as if they will last forever. We hold onto earthly possessions as if we can carry them with us into the grave. The “valuables” of this world collect dust, and the dead ends in life force us to look up for a way out of an impossible situation. God always has a plan and path for our life, even though it may not be one we would choose for ourself.
It has been said that God is not all you need until He is all you have. He is always all we have, and He is always all we need. It seems to take the tragedies of life for us to realize this, but whether we believe it or not, it is true. I have faced dead ends in my life where there seemed to be no solution or way out. I once had a midlife crisis working in retail, and thought I would be there forever. Another time, my daughter was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with a MRSA infection at 18 months old. There are few things that get your attention like having a loved one facing a serious illness or disease. My dad, who I thought was invincible, got cancer. These events brought me to my knees.
The trials and tribulations of life served to bring me to repentance, and I made sure to keep my sin account current with God so that my prayers were not hindered. The sad reality is that after the trial, I again forgot about my God and went on my way as if He was not all I needed. God created me, sustained me, loved me, and died for me, and I forgot about Him. I am still guilty of having some days go by in which I do not thank Him for being all I need. It shouldn’t take dead ends to cause us to pause and take inventory of our life. We should always look to God for direction and wisdom of where to go and what to do.
The children of Israel faced a literal dead end that God allowed in their life. God had a plan for them, just as He does for us. At that time, all they could see was the dead end, but they did not see a God who was able to deliver them. We can shame them for this, but we sometimes have the same perspective. We often get fearful when we are pursued by our adversary, but we have a God who has defeated our adversary and will have the final say. Revelation 20:10 states, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
Have you forgotten your God and only remember Him when facing a dead end? Have you come to realize that God is all you need all the time? What will it take in your life for you to realize this truth? Will you look to Him today to guide you or will you seek worldly solutions for only what God can do? May we look to God for every moment of our life, and may we trust Him in all things – dead ends and clear paths alike.