29. Start acting

The Israelites camped alongside the shores of the Red Sea just as God had told them to. They were absolutely in the Will of God and adhering to His Words without wavering. But then a problem attacked them. Pharaoh and his army were back! They were going to attack them and force them to return back to Egypt as slaves. They were paralyzed with fear and had a total nervous breakdown under the pressure! And the first person they blamed was Moses; they immediately turned to him and complained to him. His reaction was beautiful to me. How Moses had changed in a short while. I mean just a while ago he basically told the Lord that he was a nobody and he couldn't possibly help the Lord in freeing these people, and here he was a tower of faith.

"Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you. The Egyptians that you see today will never be seen again. The Lord Himself will fight for you. You won't have to lift a finger in your defense!" Exodus 14:13, 14

He had amazing faith, something we can all strive for. But the very next sentence is quite interesting to me:

'Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the people to get moving!" Exodus 14:15

The Lord was in effect saying here that Moses should stop praying and start acting! Interesting. I think we can learn something from that. Prayer is absolutely vital to our Christian lives; it is our life line and our way of communicating to our living God. But it would seem to me that sometimes we need to act to. Sometimes we should stop praying and start acting. I carefully thought about this and it is so true. I think sometimes we can use prayer as an excuse for being passive. For example we will say we will act once we have received guidance on what to do. But in the mean time we have received guidance and confirmations long ago and we simply use prayer as an excuse not to act.

We need to examine our motives when we don't act. Is it really because we haven't received guidance yet, or is it because we don't really want to act? God had told Moses that He will use Moses' staff to display His wonders and do His miracles, and God expected Moses to stop crying out to Him and act by using his staff. Moses did act and the result was miraculous, amazing.

Start acting too when you know what God wants you to do. You will be taking one step closer to the miraculous happening.

Father God, please forgive us if we don't act when You want us to act. Please give us the courage to stand up and do what You want us to do. We only want to please You. Amen

2 comments for “29. Start acting”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 16 November 2012 at 7:14:39 AM

    I had an experience some time ago where I could just pray for a very sick lady who doesn't know Jesus, but I knew that God wanted me to go to her and tell her of His love. It meant a great deal to her.

  2. Gravatar of KarlienKarlien
    Posted Tuesday, 20 November 2012 at 6:10:08 PM

    Thank you Ilze, this is awesome. We sometimes turn the 'blind eye', or do just the minimum to justify ourselves! We must act: 'faith without works is in vain..' we must ask God for HIS guidance and act accordingly!! 'Use me God, even me'..

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