The Israelites stood on the edge of freedom; only a threatening sea swayed before them and a vicious army hunted them from behind. They paused. They panicked. Moses, their leader, did nothing.
Exodus 14:15-16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
I don’t know about you, but that statement by God caught me off guard! “Why are you crying out to me?!” Are you serious, God?
After reflecting, I realize it is like a dad turning to a son, “Why are you asking me to do your homework for you? You know how to solve this. I’ve taught you the basics, you’re a smart kid, now use what you’ve been given to get the job done.”
Moses had already been given the call of God to lead these people to freedom. Moses had already been given the power of God to act on their behalf. What else was God to do other than say, “Moses, what are you waiting for?!”
It’s a pretty easy turn to look back at ourselves and realize, “Wait a minute, I’ve already been given the call of God to be His hands, His feet, and His mouthpiece in this world. I’ve already been asked to reconcile relationships, share His love and grace and truth with others, restore what is broken, serve widows and orphans and the outcasts, stand up for those who have no voice, be creative for His Kingdom, seek holiness, do justice, love mercy, be a part of bringing Heaven to earth, and on and on and on.
AND, I’ve already been given the power of God to act on His behalf. If I am in Christ, then the Spirit of Christ rests in me. The Spirit of God Himself, in me, right now! I’ve already been promised to accomplish greater things than Christ in His name! So what am I waiting for?!”
“Why are you crying out to me?” God says “You have my call, my power, my word, my presence. Go and do great things in my name. You are standing on the edge of freedom so stretch out your hand.”