Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.”
~ Exodus 14:15, NASB
That which is sight is not of faith.
~Henry Clay Trumbull
I love Exodus 14 and the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. The Israelites saw Pharaoh’s army move in behind them, they panicked. The scripture says, they were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help. Then they said to Moses, “Weren’t there any graves in Egypt? Did you have to bring us out here in the desert to die? Look what you have done by bringing us out of Egypt! Didn’t we tell you before we left that this would happen? We told you to leave us alone and let us go on being slaves of the Egyptians. It would be better to be slaves there than to die here in the desert.” Moses tried to calm them down and reassure them that God had everything under control but evidently Moses had a doubt or two at this point and began to pray; this is when the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out for help? Tell the people to move forward.” As the late great Vance Havner said, “This is no time for a prayer meeting, get up and go forward.” But there was a sea before them and the Israelites were not fond of water. What do we do when God says “go forward” and there is an obstacle in our way?
Henry Trumbull tells a story about a country estate that had this amazing gate. The owner of the estate had designed the gate to open as soon as you hit the first slat on the trestle. The pressure of the wagon wheel upon the slat triggered the gate latch releasing it to the law of gravity and thus, the gate would open. Only those who went forward in faith got in. What obstacles lie in your path today? Is is a river, a swelling and swift river like the Jordan? Is it a mountain like Zion? Most obstacles are actually opportunities if we have the faith to go forward. As C.S. Lewis was fond of saying the Chronicles of Narnia, “Upward and onward, always.” There are dreadful seas, rugged mountains, deep ravines and swift streams between Egypt and the land of Promise. Difficultly is not an excuse for quitting. Stop whining and feeling sorry for yourself; it is no time for a pity party. Get up and go forward!
I got to talk with Fish Sunday and he said he would work on our problem. There is no form for getting the blog sent to your email but he is looking into it. Boy, these holidays go by quickly. I tried out my new John Deere yesterday: same size tractor but 13 more horses. It would go faster than I could stay on it. Those extra horses made a difference but I am thrilled to be in the office today. I had rather study as bush hog. I never thought I would say such a thing. I hope you have a great day and week. Thanks for reading the blog.