“And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host (army) of the Egyptians, And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily (with difficulty): so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against (into) it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host (army) of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.”Exodus 14:24-28
I have struggled with people at times in my life, and I am sure you have as well. I have also had bosses who were not the greatest, and I felt they treated me harshly and held unreasonable expectations for me. God allowed these people in my life for His purpose and for His honor and glory. In my retail job, I had a boss who was an ex-Marine, and I would pray for relief from him everyday. I would even kneel on the receiving dock and pray that God would miraculously replace him that day so that I would not have to see him. For a long time, God said no to that prayer and my boss would still show up and, at times, antagonize me. I worked with him for almost two years when God finally did replace him with someone else and things improved drastically.
Eventually, I left the retail store and went on to the company I work for now, and it was like night and day. My boss was very professional and there was an element of respect and courtesy. The retail world can be quite brutal, so I was not used to this type of treatment and I felt relieved and grateful. My new boss sought my input on things and even had reasonable expectations for me. I was loving this situation. A new job was posted within my company and I decided to post for it. I did not know the manager, but this was a new team they were starting in Phoenix and I was excited to be a part of it. After the vetting process was over, I made the cut and was selected for the team.
We had an initial meeting before we started and my new boss seemed pretty friendly, with expectations for us that were challenging, but attainable. We all left that meeting encouraged and looking forward to being part of that team. As training started, I quickly learned that my new boss had lofty expectations and did not have time for excuses or nonsense. I realized I better fly straight and dot my I’s and cross my T’s. She reminded me a lot of my previous retail boss, but God had worked in me through that situation to prepare me for this one. I did not always like the way she spoke to me, and at times, I complained and grumbled. I did not dare challenge her, and I simply did what she asked of me. I would ask God to help me every time I would run up the stairs to work, and He blessed me there and endeared me to my boss. Obeying her every order brought me favor, and she actually brought out the very best in me.
I learned a lot from my terrible boss at the retail store, and when I allowed God to use that challenge to change me, it changed me for good. Many of the other people on my new team went to HR to complain and my boss was let go after several months. I actually grew to like her and was sad to see her go. It is an amazing thing when you quit fighting the trials God allows in your life, and instead allow Him to do His work through the trials. It is also amazing what can be done when instead fighting your own battles, you allow God to fight for you. The Israelites were filled with fear and angst as the Egyptians pursued them, but it was God who fought for them and God who parted the Red Sea and brought the waters back down on their enemies. Romans 8:31 states, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
I am not sure what you are going through today, but are you allowing God to fight for you? Are you trusting in His plan even though life seems impossible? He may choose to not change your circumstances, but He does seek to change you through your circumstances. Friends, as we face our own “Red Seas”, may we look to our God and allow Him to fight for us. May His light shine in us and through us amidst the trials of life, and may we allow Him to lead us as we press forward. God will give us victory if we allow Him to fight for us and do what only He can do.