JESUS PARTS YOUR OBSTACLES AND LEADS YOU AWAY FROM YOUR TROUBLES



A family of chickens was crossing the road, 5 young and 3 adults. Before anything happened, one adult wandered onto the road and when it was safe, the young instinctively followed all in a line, heads looking forward, focused on the lead adult, regardless of where it was looking. The other two stood guard behind and stayed there till the rest had gone across. This was a busy road, mind you, yet, once the lead adult went onto the road, traffic stopped without incident. What a picture of our Father’s protection and leading!

In the same beautiful way that the lead chicken led the young across the road, God led Israel out of Egypt and across the Red Sea.

“And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses.” Exodus 14:10-31

Don’t we find ourselves to be like how the people responded when troubles come? Our first response is to complain, wondering if we heard God right, doubting His love, provision and protection. But just like He was at the Red Sea, so too is He today, because

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.

So in the same way, even as He goes behind us to protect us from attacks from the rear, He also goes before us and parts the sea of our troubles to give us safe, dry passage through. Indeed, the psalmist David described this scene so vividly, accurately and beautifully in what is perhaps the most famous psalm of protection.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91

When we are under the protection of Jesus, we need not fear the traps that people set; we need not fear the attacks that come from others; we need not fear disease infecting us. And just like Israel saw the multitude of Egyptian soldiers perish as the waters rolled back onto them, we shall see our enemies fall at our side, with no harm coming near us. Jesus tells us that when we make Him our refuge, no evil shall befall us nor plague come near us. We will not even hurt our foot against a stone because Jesus protects us with a supernatural covering and sends angels to lift us up when we are down. And in the end, He gives us long life, a long and satisfying life.

Is it not ironic that with the advanced faculties of man, we forget the most basic yet most important fact about our lives? Jesus is in control. Jesus loves us and so will protect us in times of trial.

The young chickens needed no call from the lead adult. They knew what to do and when to do it. It is such a humbling experience to be taught by fowl. Yet we praise God that through this small incident, we are led, once again, to the knowledge and revelation of His love and protection for us.

And my friend, if perchance you have yet to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, and you hear Him knocking at the door of your heart, and you want to take this step of faith and open your heart to Jesus today, so that you can come under His protecting, providing, loving wings, say this prayer with me now,

“Heavenly Father, thank You for reaching out to me and calling me to you, even though I may have not been looking for You. Thank You for loving me so much that You would be willing to send Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. Thank You that because you imputed to Him all my sins that were, is and is to come, punished them all in His body and in His person, You look at me now cleansed, righteous and whole. Thank You Father that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, I now reside in the secret place of the Most High, the shadow of the Almighty. Indeed, You are my refuge, in You do I trust. In Jesus' name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, you now come under the protection of the Father. And you can proudly tell all those around you that you now know why the chicken crossed the road. So that our Father’s love can be manifest and lives saved for Him.

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