I love how in Exodus 14:24 it says God “looked down”. This is one of the most subtle, but funny remarks in the whole Bible. Let me explain.
The Israelites were running for their lives from the Egyptians who were led by the most powerful human king in all the ancient middle east (Pharoah). He was not only perceived to be the most powerful king, but was actually thought to be a god. SO when the people of Israel saw their God opening up the waters for them to pass, and then the Pharaoh chasing them down, this would have looked a lot like the battle of the gods. But, instead of feeling like audience members at a WWE pay-per-view, the Israelites were terrified.
As the scene unfolds, Pharaoh undoubtedly saw the waters of the Red Sea split in two, and had to understand that Israel’s God was demonstrating His great and awesome power. BUT, because he had been told all of his life, that he too was a god, he not only went right in, but also led His army in with him! He was going to show this God who was boss!
But, hilariously, while Pharaoh was surrounded by the reality of how huge this God was (i.e. massive walls of water on both sides of him), he on the other hand was quite small. We see in the text that from God’s perspective, he was so small that the LORD had to look down from His cloud of fire in order to even see him! I can imagine God straining His “eyes” just to get a glimpse of this tiny, petty, little king who thought he would take God on. That is funny.
But, this also teaches me a valuable truth. That, when my problems seem insurmountable. When my life seems completely out of control. When I am fearful that I won’t make it through this or that particular trial. I can know that from God’s perspective, whatever it is that is chasing me is really a tiny tiny thing. This is not to minimize it, but to show how HUGE God is, and how powerful He is to protect me!
In the Lord, we are in good hands.