“Then Moses stretched out his hand (with determined authority) over the sea; and the LORD caused the (torrential) sea to go back…. So (the frightened masses of) the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground…” (Exodus 14:21, NKJV)
Meanwhile, you’re thinking, “… and all I really need is this loan to come through… but I don’t qualify.”
Ever wonder how Moses, Joshua, Paul, etc. ended up having such powerful stories of God’s miraculous power… but you end up with bills you don’t know how to pay or ministry you’re not sure how to accomplish? Some people may think, “Maybe those guys were just more important to God,” although I seriously doubt it.
Ever notice how the Lord told Joshua time and again, “Do not be afraid”? There were reasons to fear and be discouraged. But Joshua, like us, was supposed to operate beyond what he could see—and consider only what God had said.
God said he would be with us. He said not to fear. He said to lean on Him and not on our own understanding. But do we take Him at His word? Do we pray to just make it through? Or do we, as He commands, really expect divine breakthrough?
For some reason, it seems like it was more simple back then. All Moses had to do was stretch out that rod. But think about it: The ancient world’s superpower was closing in and the Israelites were trapped. All Moses had was a rod. He actually looked “the fool” to anyone watching… but he was not a fool in God’s eyes.
Have you heard what God has said to you lately? If you’re willing to look foolish for Him, He has a great track record of coming through on His Word.
The Lord clarified to Joshua why he shouldn’t be afraid. This week, I believe the Lord is reminding us, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you.” (Joshua 1:9, NKJV)
Prayer Focus: Ask God for extraordinary courage as we move forward in these days. We need bold confidence and courage to act on what we hear God say.
Tammy Sevcov is a Foursquare assisting minister from The Rock in Anaheim, Calif. and a member of the 2010 Foursquare Cabinet.