Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
I had been interested in reading The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan for quite some time. Subtitled, “10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times” I was looking for helpful help.
The author suggests, “take a deep breath and recall this deeper secret of the Christian life: when you are in a difficult place, realize that the Lord either placed you there or allowed you to be there, for reasons perhaps known for now only to Himself. The same God who led you in will lead you out.”
Our whole perspective changes when, finding ourselves in a hard place, we realize the Lord has either placed us there or allowed us to be there, perhaps for reasons presently known only to Himself.
So if you find yourself in a difficult spot, remember: you are there by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training, and for His time. And all evidence to the contrary, there’s no better place to be.
What if we have landed in this tough spot not because the Lord directly led us there, but because we followed our own noses? We sometimes cause our own pain. Our problems often result from sheer selfishness or stupidity. What then?
After genuine confession and repentance, we can start wherever we are with Red Sea Rule #1: remember that God, in His overruling providence, has allowed you to be where you are at this moment.
RED SEA RULE #1: Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
One older commentator of Exodus 14 said, “When God fixes our position for us, we may rest assured that it is a wise and salutary one; and even when we foolishly and willfully choose a position for ourselves, He most graciously overrules our folly, and causes the influences of our self-chosen circumstances to work for our spiritual benefit.”
Trust Him. He can still make a way.
1. Red Seas comes in all shapes and sizes. What’s the Red Sea you’re focusing on for this journey?
2. Why is life so hard? Why do problems persist? Why do we encounter these Red Seas?
3. Be honest—how have you been initially reacting to your own Red Sea experience, whatever it is?
4. How can embracing Rule #1 affect your response?
My life is currently more comfortable than uncomfortable. I and my family appear healthy and feel safe. If either of those two were in obvious jeopardy, the author’s words would still be true, but I must admit I would have a harder time embracing them.
Regardless where you are on the healthy and safe scale this book might appeal to you, give comfort to you, challenge you and inspire you.
The Rest of the 10 Rules
RED SEA RULE #2: Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.
RED SEA RULE #3: Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.
RED SEA RULE #4: Pray!
RED SEA RULE #5: Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.
RED SEA RULE #6: When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.
RED SEA RULE #7: Envision God’s enveloping presence.
RED SEA RULE #8: Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.
RED SEA RULE #9: View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
RED SEA RULE #10: Don’t forget to praise Him.
The book references Scripture throughout. I was hoping The Red Sea Rules would be a shade more step-by-step practical; in all, it’s a good read with helpful help. I’m glad to have the updated edition with the accompanying Study Questions with each chapter to help increase the book’s applicability.
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