‘And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward’ – Exodus 14:15.
If you read the preceding verses of the verse that we have above, you will understand that it was a difficult thing for the children of Israel to even think about going forward. Despite their obstacle, their miracle was only going to happen if they would go forward.
That’s the same for many of us here today. If we don’t go forward, we will not see any miracle. We will only see obstacles. The children of Israel had just left Egypt by the command of the Lord which came to them through Moses. They saw the mighty miracles that God did just to get them out of Egypt and so they followed Moses.
Just a little while, after leaving Egypt, they got close to the red sea and they saw the host of Egypt approaching. What? What are we going to do? There’s red sea ahead of us and the Egyptians behind us, how are will going to escape?
Some people even went to Moses to ask, ‘did you bring us here because there are no graves in Egypt where we can be buried? We asked you to let us continue serving those Egyptians.’ I pray that you will never again get into those situations that will make you wish for worse things in life in Jesus mighty name.
Moses summoned the courage and told them in Exodus 14:14, ‘The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’ In verse 15 God reiterated the command to go forward. Now they were faced with the red sea. How were they supposed to go forward?
See what God said in verse 16 and that will give you an idea of how to go forward, ‘But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.’ Moses was crying out to God but God was telling him there is something in your hand that I have already empowered. That thing is all you need to lift up and there shall be a way for you despite the obstacle.
Just like Moses had a rod in his hand and that was all he needed to make a way forward, you also have a rod in your hands. Your rod represents a God-given capacity, skill or anointing. Until you use that rod in your hand, you will keep crying to God. I imagined that immediately Moses had enough faith to lift up that rod, the anointing of God came upon the rod and the red sea became a dry land for the children of Israel to walk upon.
If God is asking us to go forward, trust him and know that he has also given you something that can help you go forward. You will definitely go forward but you must ‘lift up that rod’ in your hand. You have to activate that dormant capacity within you and God will take care of the rest.