in the Desert
By Greg Laurie
"As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, ‘Why
did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt?’"
Moses no longer was the prince of Egypt. He no longer was a member of the royal family. But after forty years in the wilderness thinking
that his life was ruined, God recommissioned him. He called Moses to lead the Israelites out of their bondage in Egypt.
So, Moses took his brother Aaron along and demanded that Pharaoh release
the Hebrews. But Pharaoh dug in and refused. As a result, God sent a series of plagues upon Egypt, and finally the Israelites were free. As they made their way to a new land, they came to what looked like an insurmountable obstacle: the Red Sea.
Then the Bible tells us, “As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them” (Exodus 14:10 NLT). They took their eyes off God
and put them on the Egyptian army, which, by the way, was the mightiest army on Earth at the time.
Moses began to pray, but God said, in effect, “This isn’t a time to pray. This
is a time to move.”
Did you know there could come a moment in your life when you don’t need to pray about something any longer? You just need to act on it.
That time had come for Moses. God told him to hold his staff over the Red Sea, and when he did, the waters parted, and the Israelites traveled through the middle of it. When they reached the other side, the waters collapsed on
the pursuing Egyptian army. And in response, the Israelites gave glory to the Lord.
When we need something from God, we’re passionate in prayer, and there’s nothing wrong with
that. But after He has answered our prayers, let’s be just as passionate about giving Him thanks. Remember to give thanks to God for His faithfulness to you.