How many times have you personally been pushed to the limit and you thought there was no way out or that death and ruin were inevitably upon you but God came through before time and saved you, through an event, another person, an idea or an unexpected provision?
I don’t know why but God often leaves things to the last minute. It doesn’t matter how bad it looks. Believe right to the end.
The Israelites Fleeing From Slavery and Oppression Found Themselves Between The Red Sea and A Vicious Egyptian Army
As the Israelites approached the Red Sea, with Pharaoh and the mighty Egyptian army in hot pursuit, it seemed to the Israelites as though they would have to just jump into the sea and perish, or they would be mauled to death by Pharaoh’s army.
They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, their leader who had set out out to deliver them out of Egyptian slavery and oppression on the Lord’s instruction, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying to Me? (As one who expected Moses to know what to do and use his faith)
Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. “As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea to stop them. The Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let us retreat and return, flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; and not even one of them remained.
The Lord will violently defend you if he needs to. Continue to trust him and look up to Him even in your great and seemingly insurmountable difficulties. Trust Him right to the end because He often chooses to let you proceed into the realm of impossibility before He comes through for you.
Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den
The Lord wouldn’t show up for Daniel until he was actually thrown into the lion’s den.
King Darius appointed 120 satraps to rule throughout his kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the other administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
These other administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing.”
Now when Daniel learned that this decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”
The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”
Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed because Daniel was his best man. He was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him but could not find a loop hole to disregard or waiver the decree.
So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him for he was worried and concerned about Daniel’s demise. He could not sleep.
At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”
The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
This was a tough one because many of us would have expected the Lord to come through earlier and do something so that we would not be thrown into the lion’s den at all in the first place. However as we see here, the Lord does not dodge trouble. He is not afraid of the worst befalling us. He knows that whatever our worst is, it won’t consume or defeat us, because He will be with us even in and during our worst experiences. What are you going through today? Are you experiencing your worst? Have you been given a few days to live, weeks or months maybe? Can you trust Him today? Are you losing things, assets, money? Is nothing working? Are you unemployed? Can I encourage you by telling you that the Lord is with you in your worst and that it’s not over until it’s over. Everything bows before Him nomatter how hard or how tough it is.
Other examples; Shadreck, Misheck and Abednigo; Lazarus
Shadreck, Misheck and Abednigo were thrown into the fire and the Lord wouldn’t keep them from going into the fire but he sustained them in the fire. You might be facing what looks to you like going into the fire today, and the truth is, even if you are thrown into the fire, the Lord is with you.
Jesus was called by Mary and Martha so that he could come and attend to their brother Lazarus who was very ill. Jesus wouldn’t come immediately and Lazarus died. Three days later, Jesus showed up. The sisters were fuming and crying to Jesus. “If you had been here, our brother would not have died”, they said. Jesus said that this was done so that the glory of the Lord would be revealed. He called out to Lazarus to come forth and Lazarus rose from the dead. Are you perhaps dealing with a situation of dead things, maybe your relationship, maybe your business, maybe your career? Are you feeling like it’s too late to save anything. Jesus says that it’s not too late. Everything can be saved if you believe and you will let Him do it for you. May all your dead things rise and come forth.
Be encouraged, hopeful, faithful and focused even in your darkest hour
There is always a chance and for whatever reason, there are times when God seems to wait for the last minute or the last moments, or even a little bit early into your death to come through and show His power.
About The Author
Desmond Mapfumo is a Mindset Coach, Startup Builder and Consultant. He is the Founder and Contributing Editor For Inspiration Media Publications. Inspiration Media is member of the Rebirth Group, which he also founded and leads as the Chief Executive Officer.