Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday Words of Encouragement

Exodus 14:13-16 ~

Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground."

The Israelites are at the edge of the Red Sea with Pharoah's army riding hard on their heels. After letting them leave Egypt with Moses, he had a change of heart and was after them to bring them back into captivity. We pick up this story here where the Israelites are panicking and start wailing and lamenting to Moses that he should have let them die in Egypt.

I love the Lord's solution to this. He tells the Israelites, "Be quiet!" "Stop whining." "Have faith and follow my leading."

How many times are we like the Israelites? We see God work in our lives time and time again. Yet, when we are faced with an impossible situation or trial we start wailing and carrying on like the Israelites. It's like we forget everything we've seen God do up until that point. We freeze in our tracks and become totally incapacitated.

Yet, all He wants from us is to be quiet and step forward in faith. It's only when we actually step out in faith that we see Him work. If we stand still and complain it may very well be that we will never see the miracle. Moses had to go forward and touch the sea with his staff. The Israelites had to step in between the roaring waves. It was when they obeyed that God showed them His power.

So whatever obstacle you face today, face it with courage and faith. Don't waste time and energy complaining. Listen to what the Lord is saying and then take the step into the waves! It's through our willingness to follow when we can't see the outcome that we see the biggest working of the Lord in our lives.

Remember, "The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be quiet and move on!"