Egypt had chased down the Hebrews. Trapped between an insurmountable sea and the army to which they’d been subjected all their lives, it seemed that this slave uprising had nowhere left to go. So they did what many of us would do:
-they begged God for help,
-they turned on the leader who had brought them this far.
Moses defended himself by telling the people to take a good look at the army bearing down on them because this was the last they’d see of them. He invoked God into the whole thing, telling the people to “Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you.” At this point, I’m wondering if Moses wasn’t right about the whole ‘not a good public speaker’ thing! I mean, there’s faith and then there’s blatant idiocy. You can’t just stand still when the most powerful display of military might you’ve ever seen is about to unleash its fury on you and your children.
But God turned the tables on Moses, and on Egypt. “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!” It wasn’t enough for Moses to just say, “Trust God and everything will be ok.” They needed to ‘get moving.’ God did indeed pull through for the Israelites, and ushered them through the Red Sea that was about to crush their pursuers. But His rescue was brought about only when the people moved. The route to their rescue wasn’t just to stand around and ask God for another miracle.
Neither is ours. There are some things that we don’t need to keep praying about, we just need to move. What move is God waiting for you to make? Why are you waiting?