“Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward…”
Lots of times, we pray and pray asking the Lord for a way. “What should I do, Lord? This way or that?” We ask, seek, and knock, but there are also times when the answer actually comes and it’s time to move.
In this passage, Pharaoh and the gang are riding down hard on the Israelites who are complaining to Moses about being brought out of Egypt to die in the desert. God is in the process of freeing them, but it’s scary and painful. Being in slavery is easier that being freed. Freedom comes at a price and war comes before peace. The enemy pursues.
Egypt is symbolic of so many things in life… every addiction, the past, old ways of thinking, false comforts, confidence in money, and leaning on the world instead of having faith in God and embracing the unknown.
The Lord appears a little tired of hearing their whining. “…go forward.” After all he just finished telling them, “…the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
It’s back to the thing about waiting on God. Am I waiting on God or is he waiting on me? I whine and complain wondering why God doesn’t come through, but in reality, he already has comes through, I have just stalled out in my own selfish complaining. It’s time to saddle up the horse and ride instead of looking back to Egypt for comfort.