Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 18 - Time for Action

Hebrews 11:29, Exodus 13:17 – 14:31

Have you ever been in a place in life where you needed to do something, so you prayed about it? Then you prayed some more, and then you prayed some more. But then you realized that nothing was going to happen until you started to take action. Prayer is wonderful and an important part of our walk with God, but there are times when we need to act. We see a perfect example of the faith that it took the Israelites to act when they crossed the Red Sea.

When the Israelites realized that they were being pursued by the Egyptian army, they began to complain. They yelled at Moses for putting them in that position. In Exodus 14:15, we see God’s response, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.’” It was time for action; God had heard their prayers, and praying was no longer what was needed. The Israelites needed to move; they needed to make progress. They now had to have faith that if God wanted them to move, He would make it work out so they could. When I was a kid, I didn’t think much of how much faith and trust it took to cross the Red Sea when God parted it, but now as an adult I’m sure it didn’t seem very safe. Imagine how scary it must have seemed to have a wall of water on either side of you.

Doesn’t God do that with us at times? Sometimes He requires action for us to get somewhere with Him, but it still takes a leap of faith to go and do it. Just as the Israelites had to trust that God would not let the waters come down on them, we also are put in positions that we need to trust that God is not going to let our circumstances overwhelm us. Looking back, it is incredible to see how God accomplished what seemed impossible at the time. Once again, it becomes an opportunity to grow our faith in Him.

Is God requiring action from you in a situation that seems impossible? Has God made it possible, but it still seems scary? Put your trust in Him and move!

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