At some point in our lives, most of us will experience pressure that will cause us (even if only for a moment) to stop in our tracks.
When Moses led the children of Israel out from under the bondage of Egypt, the people were afraid—they were terrified. Why? Because a terrifying pressure (in the form of the whole Egyptian army) was pursuing them with fierce intent. The end goal: to stop the children of Israel in their tracks; to prevent them from MOVING FORWARD; and to force them to TURN BACK.
In the midst of all this, Moses stands up to give the people a pep talk—like any good leader would . He tells them to STAND STILL and see the deliverance of the Lord! Now that sounds like good advice, right? But coming to a standstill and expecting God to do something was not what God had in mind.
So God spoke to Moses saying: “Why are you crying out to me”—or you could say it this way: “What do you want me to do about it?”. God continued saying: “Tell the children of Israel to MOVE FORWARD”.
Moving forward with God into the unknown can be daunting. We like the security of the familiar; we like knowing where we’re going and what we will encounter when we get there. When God is wanting you to MOVE FORWARD into something unfamiliar; to pull up your proverbial tent pegs and prepare to step out in faith, don’t be surprised if there is pressure behind and opposition ahead.
Not only was there the pressure of the Egyptian army bearing down on the children of Israel from behind, but they also faced an obstacle ahead—the Red Sea. It seemed that the only thing they could do was to STOP; to come to a STANDSTILL! They could not turn back and they could not go forward—it felt like they were trapped—stuck—with no way out!
But the way out was to MOVE FORWARD—to keep a forward momentum!
When God told Moses to tell the people to move forward, He gave Moses a game plan that would take “team Israel” through to the victory! He told Moses: “stretch out your ROD over the SEA”.
The word for “sea” literally means “THE ROAR”. Sometimes when we feel stuck; when the pressure feels unbearable and we cannot see a way forward; situations of life can ROAR at us in deafening tones designed to provoke fear and feelings of hopelessness.
But you are never truly stuck! There is always a way forward with God—ALWAYS!
You’ve not come to a wilderness experience to be left to die—you’ve come to pass through it!
The “ROD”—the one that God told Moses to stretch out over the roar—was a symbol of Moses’ God-given authority.
Your next move is not for your life to come to a grinding halt in the dust—it’s for you to keep a forward momentum (WITH GOD)! Position yourself in His Word! Say what God says: about your healing… about your financial situation… about your future… about you!
Silence the roar just as Jesus did! He spoke to the storm on the Sea of Galilee and declared with authority: PEACE! BE STILL! Jesus—the Word of God—spoke to that situation! This is the breakthrough.
The design and intent of pressure—when applied to a moving object—is to bring that object to a STANDSTILL!
But you’ve been designed to MOVE FORWARD and to take back lost and new ground—to SILENCE THE ROAR!
Jesus is on your side, and if you don’t quit, YOU WIN—so stretch out your rod over the roar—and keep MOVING FORWARD! You will cross over to the other side!