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Stop Trying To Stay Safe

Posted: August 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Most of you are probably familiar with the story of Moses and the Red Sea. The Israelites were being pursued by the Egyptians. Their escape route brought them to the Red Sea.

Dead End

The Red Sea before them, blocking their escape. The Egyptian chariots behind, retreat not an option.
The Israelites no doubt, upset with God. You led us to our deaths. We were better off as slaves. At least we were alive.

God tells Moses, raise your staff and check this out. Moses obeys and Boom, the Red Sea literally parts and provides a supernaturally dry path right through the Red Sea. Shut up! Are you kidding me!

All the Israelites passed safely through but the same can not be said for their enemies. They were swallowed up when the waters came crashing down on them.

Here’s what I want you to notice. God provided the way out. He parted the waters ahead of the Israelites. He showed them the escape route. The waters parted and when they knew the coast was clear, they moved forward in obedience.

God miraculously delivered the Israelites because he was leading them and they were obediently following. They were depending on him. They put their trust in him. And he delivered them.

Yes there were times when they struggled with doubt but God was teaching them that they could trust him with their very lives. Follow Me and I will deliver you from the hands of your enemies.

Today the Church in America does not obediently follow God. We do our thing. We pursue everything but God. We do not see great acts of deliverance because we don’t take the road that dead ends at the Red Sea.

A second story in the Bible of a water crossing might not be as familiar.
In Joshua 3 The Israelites, led by Joshua and Caleb, come upon the Jordan River. The Jordan stood between them and their entry into the promised land.

They needed to cross but God was not going to part the water for them. At least not before they moved.
They were not going to get the Moses Package. They would not be shown the escape route first. They would not see the waters parted from a distance. They would not see the dry ground prior to stepping foot on it.
The Jordan was at flood stage. They no doubt watched as the raging muddy brown water raced by and thought, ‘We are going to drown.’

The “Trust Me” Package

Let’s check out a bit of the story in Joshua 3:11-13

See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord-the Lord of all the earth-set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.

Let’s zoom in here

First notice twice that they are reminded that this God they are following is the Lord of all the earth. God is saying yes I’m asking you to trust me but that’s because I’M THE LORD OF ALL THE EARTH, you can TRUST me.

Sometimes we need that reminder, don’t we?

Now I’m sure some of them, only naturally, said, “Um yeah about that. Why can’t you just do what you did before and part the water first. Let us see your plans first then we will decide whether or not to obey you.

Martin Luther King Jr. said Take the first step. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Often we want God to show us the plan before we take the first step but he wants us to take the first step before he reveals the plan
We cautiously stand on the shore waiting for God to provide a boat. No boat, we don’t move. This is not faith my friends.
Walk straight into the water. Give God no choice but to show up.

The second thing to notice is that the ark of the Lord went first. God was saying, “I’m leading the way. I will not leave you. Follow me. Trust me. Keep your eyes on me.
We may get the Moses Package sometimes, but more often, we get the Trust Me Package.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says; Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight (and Dry) Okay I added the Dry but hey it fits.

You trust the Lord for your eternity, but do you trust him with your life here and now?
You can trust the Lord of all the earth.

Get in the water
It’s nice and DRY

 

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