I read some part of my Bible each day. Sometimes it’s a small verse, most of the time it’s a bit more.
This morning I was in Exodus reading through chapters 14 and 15 when I came to a part I had highlighted and wrote notes about at some point in the past.
Exodus 14:15 said,
“The the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!”
And my scribbly note stated,
“God wants actions, not just words and prayers”.
The verse vividly jumped out at me again and I re-highlighted it as well as my written interpretation.
The profound timing (which is not at all unlike the character of God to bring to view things we need to read or see at just the right time) was perfect…as always.
With the current COVID-19 situation, many people are paralyzed with uncertainty, fear and either the physical or emotional inability to move.
While prayers are key and I always recommend to #prayfirst in everything, God calls us-rather requires and instructs us-to ACT.
Action precedes emotion. For example, sometimes a person won’t ‘feel’ like going for a run, but they know it’s good for them and when they do they ‘feel’ great when it’s over. The action inspired the emotion, not the other way around. It simply doesn’t work that way.
When the LORD spoke the words above to Moses, the Israelites were camped between the Red Sea and the wilderness. They were essentially stuck, in plain sight, of the enemy the Egyptians with no place to escape.
“Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness?” said the Israelites along with a lot more anxious questioning…(Exodus 14:11). But Moses replied to them, “Don’t be afraid…the LORD will rescue you…The LORD himself will fight for you. You won’t have to lift a finger in your defence!”
After Moses instructed them to chill, The LORD not-so-calmly reminded him to get his people moving!
After years of terrible slavery and awful times of living, the Israelites found themselves stuck like a fly in a web, they had lost all hope, they were out of options.
If one of the most iconic events in the Bible proved that when times get tough, when it doesn’t seem like there is an end in sight and when things are closing in around us, that we are called to not sit idle but instead called to act, I would say that is something to listen to!
That’s some powerful stuff!
So remember, when life gets blurry, when your trapped, when you don’t see a positive outcome any way you look, the one thing that contains our key to victory over times of adversity and hardship is action.
(and always, if you need clarity on anything- just as Him ;)