July 19, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” (Exodus 14:15)
CRYING OUT: This is a challenging scripture passage. We are taught to reach out to God in our time of need. We are told He is loving and compassionate; He will be there for us. Yet today, God seems to contradict the “come to Me” philosophy He espouses when he asks Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?” Is he telling Moses, “Leave me alone!” or “What do you expect me to do about it?”
We have heard the adage, “God helps those who help themselves.” That is what God is saying to Moses.
God knows we will face challenges. He knows we will, at times, be afraid. However, He does not want us to be frozen with fear; He wants us to “go forward.”
So, God is not telling Moses, “Do not cry out to me!” Rather, he is saying, “I have given you intellect and capabilities. You are more powerful than you know. You have it within yourself to take on whatever challenges you may face. Go forward with confidence, knowing that I will be there at your side. THAT is what it means to have faith.”
When people of faith cry out, they do not cry, “Oh no! Help me!” They cry out, “Nothing is impossible with God!”