Have you ever had a favorite book that speaks to you and helps you re-think things in life? The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan is one of those books for me.
This book has been a sweet go-to when walking through hard times, and it’s been one I’ve recommended to many clients and friends. It uses the story of the Exodus to draw out the 10 strategies to implement when life is hard. There are several that are convicting and that can really change the way you think about suffering.
Here are the 10 God-given strategies for difficult times from The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan:
(1) Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
This one can be hard. I know it is for me. One time when we had just received some very difficult news, a close friend texted me “Remember Rule #1”. It’s hard to think that God ‘means’ for us to be in a hard spot, but think about it. Being in a hard spot causes us to draw nearer to Him and gives Him a platform to do what He is famous for. He means for us to be in positions that cause us to rely fully on Him.
(2) Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.
Ouch this one is HARD!! Our focus during a hard time is often on doing whatever we can to make things better and find relief- not on how God can be glorified even in our suffering.
(3) Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.
Sometimes we give too much focus to the enemy when we are going through hard times, but we have to keep our eyes on The One who has defeated the enemy more that the enemy himself.
Yes, this is an obvious one, but it’s always good to have a reminder!
(5) Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.
Our time table and God’s are often different. This is a place where we can fully rely on Him and trust that He sees the WHOLE picture more than we can. His ways and timing are better than ours.
(6) When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.
We don’t always have clarity about what to do and when. It’s good to seek wise counsel and then take the next step even without all the information.
(7) Envision God’s enveloping presence.
God is bigger than we can ever imagine. It helps to remember that He is ALWAYS with us, is in control of EVERYTHING, and that He is the ultimate comforter.
(8) Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.
The quote on the cover of the book says it perfectly…”The same God who led you in will lead you out”. He may not do things in the way we want Him to or in the timing we would want, but we can trust He will ALWAYS keep His promises.
(9) View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
When going through a hard time, it’s good to look for the 3 G’s- How is this working for my GOOD? How is this causing me to GROW? How is God being GLORIFIED through this? Doing this will keep your faith growing stronger.
(10) Don’t forget to praise Him.
I love the reaction of the Israelites when they crossed the Red Sea and their enemies were defeated. They sang and danced praising the Lord for the amazing miracle He did. We can’t forget that God deserves our worship! That’s what He made us to do. Don’t get so caught up in your relief that you forget to give Him the glory.
Next time you or someone you love is going through a hard time, pick up a copy of The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan to help guide you through!