Why Do You Cry To Me?

Moses was on the cusp of delivering God’s people from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. The entire company walks to the shore of the Red Sea and is instructed to turn around. If you’re familiar with the story, you already realize what happens next. The complaining starts.

11They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” Exodus 14

Moses speaks to them with confidence. He reassures them God will have the victory and that today will be the last time they have to see the Egyptians. Apparently, not completely confident, he then asks God what to do. God replies with a quasi-comical remark.

15The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14

God’s reply reveals a great deal about His expecations. Once He’s provided an answer/solution; don’t question or hesitate. Move forward with confidence. Even Moses had his moments of doubt. He questioned his verbal abilities when first approached to deliver God’s message to Pharoah. He then questioned again at the Red Sea. However, over time, after seeing God prove faithful time and time again, he was able to walk in increasing strength. If God’s directed you through the unction of the Holy Spirit and given confirmation through the protective framework of His Word, move forward. Don’t hesitate. Don’t question. He’s provided freedom on the other side.


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