When God Disagrees (by Ben Johnson)

Pharaoh has let the children of Israel go. After the final plague, he could not take it anymore and sends them away. But it was not long before Pharaoh decides that letting them go was a bad idea and then pursues them. This terrifies the children of Israel as Pharaoh and his armies get closer and closer. They finally arrive at what appears to be a dead end: The Red Sea. The Israelites only see one possible outcome: “we are all going to die” .

Moses then stands and speaks. His response to the fears of the children of Israel is found in Exodus 14:13 – And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 

Many people love that verse. We would all like to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. However, in that situation, God did not agree with what Moses commanded. God did not want the children of Israel to stand still. He wanted them to go forward.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: (vs. 15)

Sometimes, we take it upon ourselves to stand still when we should be going forward. We can easily sit back and be passive about what is happening. But it may very well be that God wants us not to stand still but to go forward.


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