Stop Crying and Keep it Moving!

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Stop Crying and Keep it Moving!

Exodus 14:10

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Here in this 14th Chapter of Exodus, we find the children of Israel as recently released captives of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. They had spent their entire lives in captivity and so had their parents and grandparents. As a result, freedom and liberty was something new to them. They must have been both excited and afraid.

The children of Israel were blessed with great leadership on their way out of bondage. Not only were they being led by Moses, Exodus 13:21-22 reads, “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.”

Therefore, Almighty God—the One who orchestrated their great deliverance—was still on hand to see it through!

As Moses continued to receive instructions from the Lord (recorded in Exodus 14), unfortunately we find that Pharaoh changed his mind. Instead of keeping his promise to release the children of Israel from bondage, the Bible tells us the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh and he pursued the children of Israel and overtook them camping by the sea (Exodus 14:9).

When the children of Israel saw the Egyptians marching after them, they were very afraid, and the Bible tells us they “cried out to the Lord” (Exodus 14:10).

There is someone reading this message right now who is familiar with the feelings the children of Israel experienced at that moment and your feelings are understandable. There is nothing worse than believing that you are finally out from under bondage only to discover that you are not.

However, what the Lord wants you to know on today is that when He starts something, He completes it! There was no way God was going to bring a partial deliverance to the children of Israel. God was not going half-deliver them from Egyptian bondage.

For this reason, God spoke to Moses in Exodus 14:15 and said, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.”

My friend, things may look dark right now, but do not give up. Do not look back. Know that God does not do anything partially. He leaves nothing undone. The songwriter declared, “I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.”

I was not there, but I have always believed that God could have sent Moses and the children of Israel over the Red Sea long before Pharaoh and his army showed up, but God waited until Pharaoh and his army showed up He wanted Pharaoh to witness one last mighty move!  I believe God likes an attentive audience!!!

Stop crying and keep it moving, because the Apostle Paul wrote these words in Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Stop crying and keep it moving!

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