Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
As we often observe, God can make a way where there is no way (or there appears to be no way). He did this at the Red Sea in partnership with Moses. We are ‘workers together with God’(2 Corinthians 6:1), and when Moses did as he was commanded (see 16), God performed the miraculous.
If Moses had just taken it into his head to hold his staff over the sea, it would have been disastrous. But the point is, he played the part he was told to play, and got to partner with God in one of His wonders. It was God who did the supernatural thing, but Moses had his role to play.
When Billy Graham went to Cambridge for a student mission in the mid 1950’s, he was terrified. He was acutely aware that he wasn’t an academic, and he felt insecure. Had he been able to do so without complete loss of face, he would have cancelled the meetings or persuaded some-better qualified man to replace him. ‘I am scared stiff about preaching in Cambridge,’ he told the evangelist Stephen Olford. Interestingly, Stephen counselled him against a philosophical approach, or trying to do something out of his depth. He should remember he was preaching not to students but sinners, and keep things simple.
Graham found that hard to swallow, and in the first few meetings he attempted something somewhat intellectual, and it fell flat, so he resumed his normal approach, and he generated an enthusiasm among the students that some compared to D.L.Moody’s historic visit in 1882.
When we do what God has given us to do, using the gifts He has given us – well, that’s when the miracles happen.
PRAYER: Lord help me to be content to be who you have made me to be, and do just what you have given me to do.