In the Book of Exodus Chapter 14, you will find that the Children of Israel are in a physical dilemma. They are seemingly caught between what we would refer to as a “Rock and a Hard Place!”
Here are the issues:
· They have Pharaoh’s Egyptian Army chasing them from behind
· They have Desert Land around them with no cover to protect them
· They have the Red Sea in Front of them and they have no boats to rescue them
· The people are under pressure and in peril, so they begin to panic!
When you look at that picture, it would seem as if their current condition is chaotic and that calamity is imminent. But, can I tell you something? If you keep reading the chapter, it tells you that God does something. God tells Moses, to tell the people, “Don’t be afraid, STAND STILL and See the Salvation of the Lord.” In essence, don’t look at your current condition as if there is no hope. God has everything under control. God tells them, “The Egyptians that you see today, you will see them No More Forever!” This means that when God gets involved, you can look at whatever problem you have and know that when it’s in God’s hands, you don’tEVER have to Worry about it again!
The Leader, Moses immediately says, “God will fight your battle for you!” Leaders, this means that you must encourage the people with “Spiritual Words, and Not World Speech!” And Church, this means that you must stop trying to work the issues out on your own. The problem is too large for you. But, nothing is too large for God!!
Give him your Bills. Give Him your Burdens. Give Him your Grief and He will give you His GRACE!
Look what happens next: God asks Moses a question? He said, “Why are you crying out to me!” Use what you have and tell the People to MOVE FORWARD!
(That’s the shouting news for everyone) God is not intimidated by Desert land, the Egyptian Army or the Red Sea. But, he want’s you and I to stop Panicking under Pressure and Trust Him to Deliver! Moses uses the wooden “staff” that God has blessed him with; he raises it up and then is obedient by telling the people to “MOVE FORWARD!”
Guess what?? The Red Sea opened up and the people crossed safely.
Wow! This is packed with spiritual irony and biblical principles. In essence, let’s just use what we have. Perhaps we may not have all the financial resources yet. But, we have something even more valuable. We have“HUMAN RESOURCES!” So, I plan to use the “Staff of Leaders” and the “Staff of Members” from the New Life “Nation” of believers. Church, I truly believe the Red Sea would not have opened unless (2) things took place. First, the Leader has to tell the people to “MOVE FORWARD!” Next, the people must join together and physically and spiritually “MOVE FORWARD!”
So, here we go: NEW “LIFE NATION!”…… “LET’S MOVE FORWARD!!!”……….Now, it’s your turn to start MOVING FORWARD!!!
Now, think on these things….
Yours in Christ,
“IMPACTING LIVES FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST!”