Red Sea Rules

Robert J. Morgan has written an excellent book entitled The Red Sea Rules: The Same God Who Led You in Will Lead You Out. This is a must read for anyone who has struggled in difficult times. Morgan uses the story of the crossing of the Red Sea to lay out Ten God-given strategies for making it through hardships. Our small group in South Carolina studied this book several years ago and we have started it again this year with our small group in Texas. I will outline the ten strategies for you here, but I recommend that you pick up your own copy for your library. (And, no, I am not a part of any blog review program that is supporting this book!)

Rule 1: Realize that God means for you to be where you are – When we face trying times, wondering if God has forgotten us is a normal gut response, but take time to consider that God may have us right where He wants us. Stop trying to escape, and start trusting God in the crisis.

Rule 2: Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief – The apostle Paul wrote to the Phillipians and said, “Even if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and greatly rejoice…” Paul could say this while under house arrest awaiting possible execution because he had a single goal: to bring glory to God. This gave him joy, knowing that no matter what people or circumstances did to him, his mission could never be thwarted. God can be glorified in any and all situations…even in our pain.

Rule 3: Acknowledge your enemy but keep your eyes on the Lord – Evil is real! Satan is real! We have forgotten these facts today. Even so, by keeping our eyes on Christ we can gain victory over sin, Satan, and death!

Rule 4: Pray – Morgan states, “Looking back over the years, I’ve never faced a crisis in which, in response to earnest prayer, whether prolonged or instant, God didn’t make a way.” What a testimony to God’s faithfulness.

Rule 5: Stay calm and confident and give God time to work – Waiting is one of the hardest aspects of pain. Yet, when we leave our circumstances in His hands, our confidence in Him will be rewarded. Just wait and see!

Rule 6: When Unsure Just take the next logical step by faith – “A man plans his ways but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Rule 7: Envision God’s enveloping presence – “I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too – your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful – I can’t take it all in!” (Psalm 139:5-6 The Message)

Rule 8: Trust God to Deliver in His own unique way – Vance Havner said, “God marks across some of our days, “Will explain later.” Sometimes we do not know how, why, or when but God does and He can use some of the most unusual circumstances to carry us out of crises.

Rule 9: View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future – This is so hard because it requires effort on our part. It is, however, effort well spent. God never fails!

Rule 10: Don’t forget to praise Him – I think this is where most of us miss out. I believe that God does so many good things in our lives that might have helped us to trust Him in our present crisis but we cannot remember them. When we take time to praise, it keeps His provisions for us fresh in our minds. Those reminders may be just what we need to get through a time of crisis.