King James Version (KJV)
And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israelshall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
I think most of us have heard of the important Biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea. But, I believe there is an important lesson in the parting of the Red Sea that is often overlooked. When it certainly appeared the Israelites were despairingly trapped, Moses prayed. And
God answered. We know God parted the sea so that the Israelites could safely cross, but think for a moment what God said prior.
Why are you crying out to me? Why do you continue in prayer? I have heard, He told Moses. “Raise you hand and part that water!” It was time for action.
Certainly there is a time for prayer. We must bring all things to God in prayer. But Moses had already prayed. He had brought everything to the Lord. It was now time for him to put his faith into action.
This is a perfect example of once we have brought everything to the Lord in prayer, we aren’t always to simply sit back and wait. Sometimes there is a call to act. When there seems no way out, God will open a way. But He also wants us to do our part as we follow Him.
Philippians 4: 6-7
Matthew 17: 24-27