Hello beloved ones of God, I hope you’re all fine by God’s grace. Today’s post is directed to anyone who feels pressured by people around him/her to provide a solution to a problem which is beyond your scope. To you who feels like people around you are expecting from you what you are unable to give to them.
Have you ever been completely stuck at a dead end, with absolutely no humanly possible solution coming to your mind, and at the same time having people in the same situation as you, count on you to take them out of that situation?
I know someone who’s been in such a situation, and his name is Moses.
Exodus 14:10-12 NIV
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord . They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
I don’t know how Moses felt at that moment, but I believe he too was probably disturbed by the presence of the Egyptians who were chasing them and drawing closer minute after minute, he too was powerless and clueless before the red sea being right in front of him and his enemies behind him, he too looked but saw no way to go. All by himself he had no solution, but the people he was called to lead were complaining and expecting as if he wasn’t in the same situation as they were, as if he wasn’t in that dead end just like them.
The people were expecting Moses to find a solution, while Moses was expecting God to find a solution. The people were expecting from Moses what only God could do.
There was no human solution to the problem that the Israelites faced. In the same way, at times we’re in situations with our family, friends, co-workers etc , which we can’t solve but which we are expected to solve because they look up to us as the leader.
- At times it’s the bills we have to pay.
- At times it’s about the debts.
- It could be the fees for the wedding ceremony or for the chemotherapy which we have to raise but can’t raise because we lost our jobs.
Since we are the leader, the people we lead expect us to find a solution to the situation.
I think that if I had been in the place of Moses at that moment I would have been like : “I am not God, how do you expect me to provide a solution to this problem? I can’t, I am stuck here just as you are, I am a mere human just like you, I can’t make a miracle, we’re in this boat together and I don’t have any more clues than you to how we’ll get out of this situation. You are looking up to me to find a solution but I can’t, it’s just impossible to me”.
But, Moses is in this situation and he doesn’t react this way, Moses does two things
1. He reassures the people
He reassures the people he is supposed to lead and encourages them in The Lord.
Exodus 14:13-14 NIV
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
2. He cries to God
Though Moses has every reason to be discouraged, and though he too needs encouragement, he fulfills his responsibility as a leader and encourages the people, then he turns to God for encouragement, he turns to God for a solution, and God gives him the next directives .
Exodus 14:15-16 NIV
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.
The people look to Moses for a solution, and Moses looks to God for a solution. That’s what we have to do, when our responsibilities as leader come our way, when we have to do the task but we don’t know how to do it or where to start. Just like Moses, we have to turn to God so that He will provide a solution, because we are powerless.
Of course God gives the solution to Moses, but God involves Moses in the solution.
This problem which has been brought to you to be solved, this bill that is to be paid, this relationship that has to be fixed, this school that has to be built, this church that has to be opened, this food that has to be put on the table, God is going to do it, but He’s going to use you to do it.
The deliverance you are praying for, God is going to bring it, but don’t expect Him to send somebody else and to do it through somebody else, because more often than not, He’ll do it through you. You are His Moses.
Exodus 14:16, 21-22, 26-29 NIV
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. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
- Is God going to take me out of this dead end?
- Is God going to make a way for my debts to be paid?
- Is God going to make my children grow up according to His Word?
- Is God going to fix my relationship with my wife ?
Yes, God’s probably going to do that, but you’ve got to be ready, because He’ll do that through you.
Your faith, your obedience, your prayers, your raised staff and stretched out hand over the sea are going to determine whether or not that red sea will part, and whether or not you’ll pass on dry land with the people you lead.
It may be the moment to ask God, ” Father, show me in which way I can raise my staff and stretch out my hand over this sea and divide it to the glory of Your Name”
May be it’s time to stop crying and to stretch out your hand. When you’ll raise your staff and stretch out your hand in faith, God will perform the miracle and divide the red sea for you to pass and reunite it for your enemies to drown in it.
Finally, I just want to make you notice that it took the whole night for God to divide the sea, God didn’t divide it as soon as Moses raised his staff and stretched out his hand, it took the whole night.
Exodus 14:21 NIV
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,
This is just so that you realize that it is a process, it may not happen instantaneously, but keep faith, because God is dividing the waters, little by little, hour after hour, and before you realize it, the night will be over and the sea will be divided.
Father Lord God Almighty, I thank You for Your Word, I thank You for calling me to be a leader and to serve others for Your glory. Next time those I am called to serve urge me for a need, help me to turn to You and to look up to You to fulfill not only their needs but also my needs. Show me the move of faith to make as a raised staff and a stretched hand, while You divide the sea for me, and for us, in Jesus Christ’s Name I pray, Amen.
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