Exodus 14:10-16 (New King James Version)
10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. 11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
15 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
God does not want us to be stationary. He wants us to be making progress forward under his direction. He doesn’t want us to live in the past. His desire is for us to advance and progress.
When Moses obeyed, took the first step and did what God told him to do, the winds began to blow and the waters began to roll back on every side. God’s message to the church today is “I don’t want you to be looking back; I don’t want you to stop and panic-I want you to GO FORWARD”! He wants us to take him at his word and step in the water. When we do, he will slip his hand of protection and deliverance under us and will see us through our “Red Sea” miraculously.
He is waiting on us to take that step of faith and GO FORWARD.
Leave past behind, and go forward to new levels of favour, opportunities, possibilities and success. Let’s do great things together for God and with Him this year!
Pastor Vanessa Dover
I can relate to the message to go forward. For the true believer in Jesus and the work of the cross going back is not an option. Even if it is baby steps we must move forward. We must learn to outrun doubt and fear. The only thing that should overtake the believer is goodness and mercy. This morning while commuting to work I thought about the goodness of God and the gifts He has instore for us; such as peace, love, joy, soundness of mind, mercy, strength, hope, spirityal blessings in heavenly places, power, authority, aboundant life, wisdom, courage, endurance. The songwriter is correct to encourage us to count our blessings, one by one and it will surprise us what the Lord has done for us.