From the Pastor's Desk

Trusting God can be tough sometimes. Knowing when to move and when to stand. Knowing is hard. How can I KNOW? Which direction should I go or should I even move at all? God please show me!

Trusting God requires two seemingly contradictory truths: Be still and move forward. During the Exodus Pharaoh had Israel trapped between himself and the sea. The people began to panic. They cried to Moses for direction and his response in Exodus 14 was magnificent:

13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

Be Still! Look at what Moses commanded

  • Do not fear

  • Stand by

  • See

  • Keep silent

Once the people calmed down God said move forward:

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. 16 As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.

Look at God’s commands

  • Stop praying

  • Go forward

  • Lift up

  • Stretch out

God had already given them direction and told them where to go. They just couldn’t get there (there was a sea in the way). Then God cut off any chance of going backward by sending Pharaoh behind them. They couldn’t go forward and they couldn’t go back – they were stuck. Ever feel that way?

So if you are seeking direction from God here is what I suggest.

  • Until you get a new direction from God, keep going in the direction he gave you – even if there is an obstacle in your way. Remember, at the end of the possible where the impossible begins, that is where we see God work.

  • While on your path – be still. Our lives are so filled with noise; TV, radio, traffic, family, work, computers and a million other things. When do you get to be still? When do you get to listen? Remember, God tells us to be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Ps. 46:10

Love In Christ, Bro. Pat

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