Do you remember the story of the Red Sea? The Egyptian Pharaoh finally released the Israelites from slavery - only after great suffering during the plagues. As Moses is leading the couple million Israelites out, Pharaoh changes his mind. He send out his armies to go after and basically recapture God’s chosen people. The Israelites are fleeing and the Egyptians are gaining on them. Then - there it is - the Red Sea. The Red Sea is 190 miles wide at its widest point. The average depth is over 1500 feet! This is not a lazy river you tube down on a summer day with friends. This is a massive body of water! I don’t blame the Israelites for being scared, but what happens next is still a bit extreme.
To the Israelites it seemed like the end. Exodus 14:11 says, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave?” WHAT?? I know they were scared, but that had been enslaved and abused! I would have thought they’d take the attitude “we survived being enslaved; we can handle anything.” Instead, they just panicked and resigned themselves to bitterness and fear.
Moses steps up. Verses 13 & 14 tells us, “But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Makes sense Moses, except for one thing. Standing still and staying calm doesn’t seem like a practical solution! I mean, when has it ever helped when someone told you to “stay calm” while you were having a major freak out??
My favorite verse, and the one I want to zero in on is Exodus 14:15. “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!” God never pulls any punches! Somewhere between verse 14 and verse 15 it seems that Moses has his own moment of panic with the Lord. God responds by basically saying quit wasting time asking for help and just get a move on! Is that convicting to anyone else but me? So often I find myself praying about what to do and looking for a clear sign. Meanwhile God just wants me to move! Sometimes we don’t need to wait. Sometimes we don’t need confirmation or to pray more. We just need to obey and get going. Once we move, then we get to experience the miraculous power of God.
I don’t know what it is that you’ve been praying about. Maybe its a passion or a dream that God is calling you to pursue. Maybe it’s as simple as inviting the neighbor over. Perhaps you need to get going. There is definitely a time and a place to pray through our actions! Prayer is essential to a healthy relationship with Christ. However, prayer is never meant to be a crutch to keep us from stepping foot into the scary waters and seeing what God is ready to do. Today, I encourage you to stop talking and get going!!
I’d love to hear from you. What keeps you from taking the step of faith? How can I pray for you today?