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? Have you cried out to God for deliverance, only to find that the obstacle seemed even more formidable? 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 slaves, you have entitlements and luxuries far greater than any nomadic people of the desert. You enjoy a higher standard of living than the greatest chieftain of the Bedouins. Three meals a day, desserts, herbs, fish, leeks, garlic, and now you find yourself moving to the brown desert sands.

In many ways we are experiencing a type of exodus in our land. We are slowly being pulled away from our full-filled lives to learn the same lesson that the children of Israel needed to learn. God was prying them loose from the “adoption” of their culture so that they might completely follow Him. Their obstacle indeed was formidable–an entire sea was blocking their way.

Here’s an inside look in Exodus 14:

But the Egyptians pursued after them, all . . . his army . . .

And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel . . . were sore afraid: and they . . . cried out to the LORD . . . And they said to Moses: Is this not the word that we told you 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 show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom you have seen to day, you 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.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Why do you cry to me? Speak to the children of Israel, that they 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–a step of faith.

Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

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