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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Note (02/07/13)

TITLE: “For Crying Out Loud, Go Forward!”
By Mary Knoll Santos
02/12/13


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Where did those words come from? It sounds uncaring. It jabs to the core of the sensitive, like a flattened soft, sweet bun; like a knife driving through butter. It cuts to the root. It sounds strong. It sounds confronting. It comes across hurtful.

The original words go like this, "Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me?"Tell the sons of Israel to GO FORWARD." (Emphasis in CAPS, mine).

Moses made a note of it clearly with the people of God.

Rewind a little bit. The people whined. And whinged, they did. After all the power God showed them! After all that He had done to let His people go in the wilderness and serve Him.

And then, God said about not fearing. To stand by and see deliverance. And more, He would do for them which they'd never seen before. That they would "never see the Egyptians forever". Of course, God did not mean that He would wipe out Egypt from the face of the earth.

And God said, "I will fight for you while you keep silent."

I don't know what Got meant about keeping silent. But the people were stuck on whining. Complaining about not having enough graves in Egypt why Moses was leading them into the wilderness --to die! Maybe they were too noisy in their grumbling and could not hear God.

Maybe.

Here's the clincher: "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell them to go forward."

Here's one more: God gave no hope of forgiveness for unrepentant Pharaoh. But God "pushed" the Egyptians with their chariots to push His people to "go forward" at the brink of crossing the Reed Sea.

You can imagine yourself not moving forward because of fear of the unknown-- and fear of those behind. Thus, stunt you from following God's clear "go forward and serve Me." Hence, blur your vision from the real power of God which is just right there.

"...and I will be honoured through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and through his horsemen."

How about that ? What more do you need for God to have to push you to go forward and see big things? Maybe, you see little things at a crossing, is because you believe God a little of what He can do pass that crossing.

What things does God, the Most High, allow to have to push you because you would not move forward? You would not move forward even when He had already said of you, "Let her/him go forward to serve Me”?

When there are bad things happening, or looming to happen; and you feel it-- think of it this way, "It is good!" For our sakes, God allows bad to affront us. Or make us meet our enemy head-on. To push our freewill into doing the right thing and move forward. God insists upon it.

Believing God. In the process, when we've yielded our total trust and obedience to God, we will not fear. We will experience God fighting for us while we keep silently at peace with Him.

Is there a reason to be sour about our faithful King telling us, "Go forward. Believe Me, I will be with you."?

None at all. Then, isn't a trusting-obeying life awesomely sweet?

(Exodus 13-14)


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Francie Snell 02/16/13
Touché! You made an impactful point that ALL Christians need to hear. It is so true about the whining part...I am so guilty of that. Thank you for sharing your message. It is from the Lord,no question about that. God Bless You and your writing. Well, I guess He already has.
Blessings,
Francie
Judith Gayle Smith02/16/13
Wow. Thank you for the encouragement. This is excellent.
John Huckstep02/18/13
Great job--Lessons we all need to hear. God Bless.
Phee Paradise 02/19/13
This was a good message that I needed to hear. I've never thought about those events in quite this way.

But I'm not quite sure how it relates to the topic. Maybe it doesn't matter.
Susan Montaperto02/19/13
Thank you for your well-needed exhortation. Keep writing.
God Bless.