by Robert J. Morgan

This small book makes for an easy read, but I encourage you at the outset to not plow through it just to say you’ve read another book. Rather, chew through it, and reflect, enjoy, and drink deeply of how Morgan spins a spiritual tapestry.

I had the privilege of getting to meet Bob Morgan last spring when he came to preach a revival at Rose Hill Freewill Baptist Church in Monticello, Arkansas. Our church regularly hosted an event designed to encourage ministers called NCourage.

The pastor at Rose Hill, David Ponder, graciously informed me of Morgan’s visit and offered to set him up to speak at NCourage that week. We partnered together to buy a case of books to give out: The Red Sea Rules.

A year later, I’ve just read it. Morgan tells the story of the Israelites deliverance from slavery in Egypt, and in doing so gives ten rules for handling hardship:

  1. Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
  2. Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.
  3. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.
  4. Pray!
  5. Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.
  6. When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.
  7. Envision God’s enveloping presence.
  8. Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.
  9. View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
  10. Don’t forget to praise Him.

The way that Morgan unpacks each of these rules in such a short book is marvelous. As he consistently points to a God who made a way for His people through a sea, he urges us to trust this same God to make a way today through our impossible situations.

Don’t race through the book. Enjoy the journey.

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