Friday, January 11, 2013

Time to Go

Exodus 14:15 Then the LORD said to Moses,
"Why are you crying out to me?Tell the Israelites to move on. 

The Israelites had left Egypt after the plagues, but Pharaoh has changed his mind and wanted his slave nation back. He gathered up his army and quickly pursued the Hebrew nation and caught up to them as they were backed up against the Red Sea. It's a pivotal moment that could either lead to the slaughter of the Israelites or God stepping in to rescue. It's interesting that as people start to panic and blame their leader, Moses tells them to be calm because he is certain God will rescue them. God certainly has a plan for rescuing His people, but commands Moses to quit talking and get moving.

Prayer should be a bigger emphasis in my personal life and also in the church. I have full confidence in the audience we have with God and His desire to interact with us and provide solutions. I have also experienced how God will often wait to bring deliverance for two common reasons. 

1.     He is sometimes waiting for us to move in faith before He brings us His answer.
2.     He has given us direction and is waiting for us to be obedient before He gives us the next step.

When we are backed into a corner with circumstances pressing against us we shouldn't give up the habit of praying. If we find ourselves praying without receiving an answer perhaps we should see if God is calling us to take a step of faith before He reveals His answer or if we have failed to be obedient in something He's already asked us to do. I know He won't abandon or ignore His people. Sometimes the answer we're waiting for is just beyond our next step.

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