Exodus 14 was our morning family portion. I was struck by the fact that in verse 2 the Lord spoke to Moses and told him to camp before Pi Hahiroth between Migdol and the Sea, opposite Baal Zephon. Pi Hahiroth was a narrow gorge, with steep mountain walls on either side. The Lord is saying in Exodus 14.3 that Pharaoh would think that the Israelites would be trapped in that place and he would pursue them. The Lord brought Israel into a very tight corner.
We know that the Israelites became very afraid when they saw Pharaoh’s chariots pursuing them, and they themselves trapped in a gorge or canyon. They spoke harsh words to Moses and thus tempted the Lord. They had no faith at all. Faith evaporated in the face of this crisis.
But Moses was not afraid. He said, “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord!” Exod 14.13. “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall be still!” Exod 14.14. “Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46.10. In the end we see what a glorious victory the Lord achieved over Pharaoh and his army of chariots and horsemen. Archaeologists reveal that bottom of the Gulf of Aqaba is littered with the ruins of Pharaoh’s army. https://christiansareus.com/2014/08/21/moses-was-trapped-between-the-mountains-and-the-red-sea/
My point is: God brings us into a tight corner, according to His sovereign will, and then He shows us His glory. It’s an experience of death and resurrection. There is no other way to describe it. We go through such Red Sea situations in life – deep, painful trials, that cause panic in our hearts – but the Lord brings us safely through. He does this according to His sovereign will. We do not know why He allows us to go through such painful experiences of the Cross; it is almost too difficult to bear.
Paul describes one of his experiences, probably at Ephesus, (similar to the Red Sea crisis of Exodus 14) in 2 Corinthians 1:8-10. God allows such situations to purify our faith. We dare not trust in ourselves, but in ‘God who raises the dead’. It is the power of His resurrection, Phil 3.10. Abraham had a similar experience on Mt Moriah, Heb 11.19. But Abraham believed; how strong was the faith of our great spiritual father! Paul too had strong faith. God wants us to trust Him, come what may. It is an agonizing experience, but the God of resurrection will bring us through. He is Faithful and True.