“Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.” Exodus xiv, 15.
Ancient Israelites were a nation of slaves who longed for freedom for four centuries. Finally, one night, they were released unconditionally. They fled from their slave masters in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. God guided them along an unusual route to the East instead of letting them take the highway to Palestine.
This nation’s joy did not last very long. They soon reached the shores of the Red Sea. It wasn’t possible for 600,000 men and their women, children and animals to cross the Red Sea! Tall mountains stood on either side. And worst of all, they couldn’t turn back and return to Egypt!
It was as if their worst fears had come true. To their horror they saw a huge cloud of dust rising from the desert behind them. The Egyptian army was after them – to recapture them. They were trapped. Many of them turned against Moses, their leader. “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Didn’t we ask you to leave us alone and let us serve the Egyptians?” they asked. Thus they murmured against God and against Moses. They betrayed a deep-seated unbelief. Many of them did not believe in the first place that it was God who had saved them. That’s why they doubted God’s ability to lead them all the way to the Promised Land. Moses didn’t know what to do. He probably wished that the earth would swallow him alive. He might have wished he could just disappear!
Are you in a similar situation today? You feel unable to take a step forward. You feel like running away but you are hemmed it on every side. You want to turn back and undo all that you did thus far. But you fear the consequences. You are unable to turn to anyone for help. You think even God has forsaken you. You may have thought of suicide but you’re afraid of killing yourself. “What do I do now? Where do I go? To whom should I turn for help?” These may be your questions.
Moses, when he had nowhere to go – when he had no one to turn to – turned to GOD. He threw himself prostrate before God and cried out to God. God spoke to him. “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.”
What? Go forward? Yes, you heard it right, Moses. God said: “As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.”
I do not know what went through Moses’ mind at that instant. He must have been amazed at God’s ways. God said that He was about to create a way through the Red Sea! And that way would not only take Israel across the Red Sea; it would also annihilate the persistent Egyptian army. God’s wisdom and salvation are beyond our wildest imaginations.
When we walk under God’s guidance, we may reach situations like the one Israel faced by the Red Sea. We may face a Red Sea ahead of us and mighty mountains on either side. We need to remember that each obstacle in God’s way is a stepping stone to next level of our Christian life.
Dear friend, don’t you ever lose heart. God’s way is right in front of you. Look ahead! See right through your obstacles and mountains. The God who called you out will see you through. Your life will not go waste. Your efforts will not go down the drain. You don’t have to quit or flee. Stay right where you are. Be bold. God has called you. The evidence of His call on your life is ever before your eyes. Step forth in faith and watch the Red Sea in front of you part its ways – for you, for the glory of God.