Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 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. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.’
While it is good to pray, if God shows you something you need to do, it’s important to get on with it.
As we saw last time, in the words of Tom Hale: ‘…action will sometimes be required on our part, but we must take action only under God’s direction.’ Hale goes on to say, ‘God did direct the Israelites to act. After they had been told to be still (verse 14), God then told them to move on (verse 15). ‘The Applied Old Testament Commentary’, p.229.
God gave Moses something to say (15b), and something to do (16). He didn’t give him that staff as an ornament! We must use what the Lord has put in our hands.
I read this morning that Frank Laubach, an American missionary, said that he had ‘two burning passions. First, to be like Jesus. Second, to respond to God as a violin responds to the bow of the master.’
PRAYER: Lord, when you show me the next step, help me to take it.