We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Forward Faith

Have you ever come up against an insurmountable obstacle? That is what Moses and the children of Israel faced in Exodus 14.

Picture yourself during the time of the Exodus. Gradually, over a 400-year period, you have adopted the culture of the Egyptians. Though you are a slave, you enjoy a higher standard of living than the greatest chieftain of the Bedouins.

So in order for God to pry you loose from the “adoption” of this godless culture, it is necessary to take you into a wilderness–a wilderness requiring total trust in the provisions of an all wise and faithful God. The journey will not be an easy one, but it is a necessary one.

Here’s an inside look at Exodus 14:

“But the Egyptians pursued after them . . .”

“And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. And they said unto Moses, ‘Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.’ And Moses said unto the people, ‘Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you . . .'”

What I love about this scene is the drama–and my childhood memory of Charlton Heston standing upon the rock with his rod! But Hollywood got it all wrong. It wasn’t Moses lifting his rod that parted the sea. Note the rest of the text:

“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward . . .” (Exodus 14:15).

Sometimes, it is not until we are willing to move forward and get wet that the wall of water will part. Too often we’re waiting for God to remove the obstacle while He’s waiting for us to take the first step–of faith.

Published in: on January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm  Comments (1)