It’s my opinion that one of the best stories in the bible is that of Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. God really did it up big on that one! This morning as I read in Exodus 14, I noticed that there’s a pattern to Gods deliverance; He always does it when there’s absolutely no other way so that no one will ever get credit for it but Him.
So after many plagues ending with the death of all the first born sons in the kingdom, Pharaoh finally relents and tells them to take their things and leave. Later he realizes that all of his free labor has left and who will build his city? So he gets all his troops together and pursues them and as the people see the great army approach them, they turn on Moses, griping and complaining that he brought them out to die. I love what happens next; verse 13-14 MSG
Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again. God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!”
Yes he did say that, “Keep your mouth shut!” Why? Because when you’re facing your enemy, what you say with your mouth determines your victory. After all they saw in Egypt, the children of Israel still didn’t know what God was capable of. Hear what happened next; Verses 15-18
God said to Moses: “Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea: Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground.
“Meanwhile I’ll make sure the Egyptians keep up their stubborn chase—I’ll use Pharaoh and his entire army, his chariots and horsemen, to put my Glory on display so that the Egyptians will realize that I am God.”
How do you know it’s God? I’ve asked this question and had it asked of me many, many times and this is what I’ve personally discovered. If it’s God, you can’t rationalize it, figure it out or make sense of it. It will be birthed through prayer and the Word and will come in a quiet moment with him. It will seem totally impossible and nothing you can do in yourself. It won’t be anything you’re ‘gifted’ for. It’s usually so far outside your comfort zone that you need a bus to get there and the countryside is scary. If you make the mistake of sharing it with anyone that is not ‘way out there in the faith zone’, they will laugh and tell you, ‘You’re crazy, God doesn’t work like that anymore!’
Don’t try to make it happen, Gods just letting you in on a part of His ginorous plan. Call it an advance warning that your life’s about to be flipped upside down in a big way. Think of yourself as Gideon; the least of all his family, totally unqualified but called to do something great that won’t make a lot of sense and you won’t have to really do much of anything but walk in faith, believe and trust in a God that you can’t see.
Sounds easy, right. It’s all messed up! Over the span of time when you hear the call and the implementation of the plan, you will be on the most amazing journey of your life. You will get multiple prophetic words from various people you don’t know and who have no idea what God has told you. You will go through things and wonder if you heard right. By the time you reach your destination, you’ll be bruised, busted and disgusted but possess a faith in God that you’ve never had before in your life. You will no longer care about what people think, and what they say won’t faze you. You’ll have a resolve to keep your eyes on Jesus for as Paul said in Philippians 1:6 CEV “God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.”
Everything you go through is just part of the process, bringing you out of faith in you, to faith in God. Be of good cheer, my friend. You heard right! Don’t you worry about a thing. Just don’t give that another thought. Suffice it to know that you’re a part of His plan. Make yourself available for any and all He has for you along the way. It’s part of the process to grow you into the person he needs you to be to accomplish his purpose. Remember that the you serve the same God who split the Red Sea and He still likes to do things in a big way.