Cornered

Sometimes God’s answer to helping you turn a corner is to corner you in.

Moses must have been perplexed when God told Moses to lead his people into a corner:

“Order the Israelites to turn back and camp by Pi-hahiroth between Migdol and the sea. Camp there along the shore, across from Baal-zephon.

Then Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are confused. They are trapped in the wilderness!’ … and he will chase after you”

Exodus 14:1-4 (NLT)

Why on earth would God lead His beloved people into a corner with no way out?

He had just rescued them from slavery in Egypt, and now for a moment it seemed like God was playing some kind of cruel trick. No wonder the people cried out to Moses in complaint!

‘And they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt?’ (14:11)

Maybe you have felt the same way as the Israelites did. “God, it would have been better if you had of left me alone. It seems I’m worse off now than I was before I started following you. I’ve stepped out in faith, and now it seems my back is up against the wall and I am cornered in with no way out”.

But this is not the end of the story. It will be the same for you as it was for the Israelites.

The reason God led Israel into a corner was to help them turn a significant corner in the history. He wanted to destroy their enemy once and for all:

‘But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (14:13-14)

In a moment of miraculous deliverance, God provided a pathway “no one saw was there” through the Red Sea. The entire Egyptian army were destroyed as the waters caved in around them. Truly this was a moment that turned the corner for God’s people!

If you feel hemmed in and cornered, don’t be discouraged. “Just stay calm”. Put your trust in God. He can lead you through a path that “no one knew was there”, and help you turn the corner in your life in ways greater than you can imagine!!


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