Exodus 14:8-15 (NIV)

8 The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 9 The Egyptians–all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops–pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon. 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”  13 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. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.

Exodus 14:15 (NRSV)

The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me?  Tell the Israelites to go forward.”

DEVOTION – Marc Villa-Real (Rizal, Philippines)

Dengue fever was becoming prevalent in our area, and my son’s fever was spiking.  Because we didn’t have any money and most private doctors in the Philippines do not offer credit, I thought we should stay home and pray for healing.  However, my wife insisted that we take him to the doctor even with no money in our pockets.  On the way, we stopped by the ATM machine to check our account balance.  We were amazed to find that my salary had been deposited early.

The Israelites found themselves in a similarly difficult position (Exod. 14).  While fleeing from Egypt, the Israelites were caught between the pursuing Egyptians and the Red Sea.  Moses believed in the deliverance of God and exhorted the people to take courage, be silent, do nothing, and see the salvation of God.  But God told Moses to stop talking and go forward; and when they went forward in faith, the Lord delivered them.

Sometimes when we thing we are waiting patiently for God, we have actually become paralyzed by fear and insecurity.  At those times, we can pray.  Then we can follow my wife’s example and God’s instructions and move forward in faith.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Is this a time when God is saying, “Get up and go”?

PRAYER:  Dear Lord, give us wisdom to discern whether we need to wait patiently or to step out of our comfort zone – in obedience and with purpose.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Those Facing Though Decisions