It came to my spirit in the middle of worship when I heard the statement, “Look to the Dry Ground”. My first thought was, “what does this have to do with the song that we were worshiping unto the Lord?”. The short answer…absolutely nothing. Then I heard the statement again, “Look to the Dry Ground”. I went into praying and asking the Lord what He was saying to me. Soon I was taken into a vision looking at a massive body of water. I was standing on the banks of a large river that had a steady flow moving from my left to the right. As I looked at the water, I heard the Lord say, “Can you see the dry ground?”. Then I heard the Lord say to me, “Stop looking backward and look to go forward. Look to the Dry Ground”. I looked across to the other side of the river bank, and then the Lord said again, “Stop looking backward and look to go forward. Look to the Dry Ground”. Then I was back in the sanctuary worshiping the Lord with everyone at our home church.
Clearly, the Lord was saying something to me, but to what measure I did not fully comprehend. So, I began to pray again. I needed to have a more clear understanding of what God was saying. Throughout my time in prayer, I was reminded of Moses standing at the banks of the Red Sea. In the book of Exodus (NASB), chapter 14, verses 10-16 state, “As Pharaoh approached, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were coming after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness!” But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will perform for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again, ever. The Lord will fight for you, while you keep silent.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. As for you, lift up your staff and reach out with your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.”
The Bible tells us that the children of Israel, who had been slaves to Egypt for hundreds of years, were now on the banks of the Red Sea with Pharaoh drawing near to them. For many generations, they had only known the snares of Pharaoh and the bondage that Egypt had entrapped their people. Moses, the one who would be known as the deliverer of the Israelites, had been able to see their freedom set into motion. But, that freedom seemed to have only been a short-lived experience as their former captor was now about to catch up to them and death was nearer than ever before.
Before we go further, it is important to acknowledge that the people of Israel were not exactly excited about this journey in their efforts to follow Moses. Yes, they were no longer slaves under Egyptian rule. But, they were not fully onboard with Moses as their new leader. This is evident when the children of Israel declare unto Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness!”. For the children of Israel, it seems to be worth more to them to remain in bondage in Egypt, instead of being free only to die on the banks of the Red Sea.
Reading this passage of scripture over and over, it was then that the Lord began speaking to me with a greater understanding. There are many today, who have been slaves to former things, but they soon find themselves at a place where they feel like they can go no further. They look around at the environment, the challenges, the unknown difficulties, and the circumstances. Then they develop a horrible habit…they keep looking back. Individuals who have been brought out of severe bondage tend to look back and begin to convince themselves that it would have been better to live the previous life (even if death was the only way out) than it is to live a life that could lead them to certain calamity because the obstacles in front look too strong to overcome. “As Pharaoh approached, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were coming after them, and they became very frightened…”.
Looking back (no matter the situation) will open the door for a spirit of fear to capture your mind, your vision, and your heart. Because of this, I strongly believe this is the reason that Jesus said, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 NASB).
Imagine your family being slaves in Egypt for generations and the moment that you have your first obstacle, your first reaction is to immediately regret the decision and desire to be back where you were slaves for generations. Frightening fear will open you to a world that isn’t realistic, but to your mind, you genuinely believe that your only hope for freedom is through former bondage(s). You will convince yourself, (through fear), that it is better to be bound by some things, rather than it is to be free and face a difficult thing. There is no accountability in fear, only the opportunity created to keep you bound by a false reality.
Though we tell ourselves these things, one can easily admit that when you are standing on the banks of a large body of water, the current and unknown depth of that water is daunting to any individual. It is why the word that I originally heard is so powerful, “Look to the Dry Ground”. The Lord did not say to look at what appears to be an overwhelming challenge. The Lord did not say to look at what appears to be an approaching enemy. The Lord did not say to look at the massive obstacle in front of you and hope that you will overcome it. The Lord did not say to engage in a physical battle against your enemy. The Lord said, “Look to the Dry Ground”.
When the children of Israel were facing the Red Sea, everything seemed impossible, appeared to be impassible, and yet the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. As for you, lift up your staff and reach out with your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.” The word of the Lord was very specific…tell the sons of Israel to go forward! When they focused on going forward, instead of looking back, the opportunity to overcome the barrier before them would suddenly shift and they would see a way would be made for them. Here is the thing…it was a massive body of water and yet the Lord tells Moses that they will go through the sea on DRY LAND. Dry Land, not muddy ground, not ankle-deep waters, but dry land!
I genuinely believe that the Lord is saying to you and me in this hour that we cannot afford to look back at our enemies or the former things. We cannot afford to be fearful of what might be coming. We cannot become overwhelmed by the obstacles that are before us. We cannot long be what we once were at a specific time in our lives (whether good, bad, or ugly), You and I must be willing to “Look to the Dry Ground”! When we look to the dry ground, it means we are seeing beyond the circumstances. When we look to the dry ground, it means we are seeing beyond the tests, beyond the offense, beyond the disappointments, beyond the hurt, beyond the trials, beyond the bondage, beyond the manipulations, and beyond the snares…we are looking to the dry ground though we cannot see it (yet). God is calling us to see with His Truth, not with our reality. God is calling us to see with His Prophetic Promises, not with our broken words. Though the water (battles) is moving with a rapid current and it presents an unknown depth, God is still the God who makes a way when there is no way.
“This is what the Lord says, He who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters,” — Isaiah 43:16 (NASB)
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will also help you, I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ — Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)
while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NASB)
but just as it is written: “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND , ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” — 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NASB)
I want to encourage you (and me) to Look to the Dry Ground. Don’t become so focused on looking back and looking at a daunting obstacle that is before you. See beyond the waters and look to the dry ground. God is for you and me. We must become people who are willing to see beyond our reality from the foundation of His Truth. We cannot settle in this season. Renounce the spirit of fear, now in the Name of Jesus. Renounce the spirit of bondage, now in the Name of Jesus. Renounce the spirit of apathy, now in the Name of Jesus. Look forward and press onward, there is dry ground to walk on!
I just read this blog on Elijah List and had to tell you what a powerful confirmation it was. We just moved to TN 4 days ago and my heart has been through the wringer! My husband and I left our beautiful home, our stable and successful careers, and wonderful friends to come here based on a whisper I heard from the Lord. We purchased a business here in Knoxville and it has been the most difficult time for us! It HAS felt like the Red Sea as we stare at the unknown and seemingly overwhelming and fiery trials in front of us. I keep looking back and thinking to myself, did I hear correctly? Was this the right move? Where do we go from here? I have truly felt like the Hebrews in Egypt – regretting leaving the past and looking back, especially seeing my husband deal with all of the issues that come up with owning a business. What’s crazy (and I did not realize it until just a few days ago) was that before I left I received 2 pieces of jewelry from different people. One is a gold and sapphire necklace and the other a silver bracelet. The Lord brought it to my attention that as I was exiting my Egypt I was being given jewelry just like the Hebrews when they left Egypt! He has confirmed that whisper to me over and over (just like your post!) but what I see in front of us is so far from the reality of what I was shown. I just wanted to thank you for writing this post. It has really encouraged me and God knew I needed it this morning!
This is very encouraging to hear, and we are looking forward to what God is going to do through you and your family!
Thank you Ryan for sharing what God gives you. This touched mine and Tim’s heart. I receive this word of the Lord! Going forward, Brother! We’re looking to Dry Ground