Get Moving

Posted: January 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

Moses was in a precarious position.  The Red Sea in front, and bearing down behind was the Egyptian Pharaoh with his army, looking for blood. Specifically the blood of Moses and his followers. The departure of Israel from Egypt hadn’t gone well.  Pharaoh finally relented to let them go, after the first born of men and animals died, as Moses had said would happen if Pharaoh wouldn’t let Israel go.

In Exodus 14: 5-7 we read

When word reached the king of Egypt that the Israelites had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds. “What have we done, letting all those Israelite slaves get away?” they asked.  So Pharaoh harnessed his chariot and called up his troops.  He took with him 600 of Egypt’s best chariots, along with the rest of the chariots of Egypt, each with its commander.

Now God had told Moses that He would be with them. They simply had to follow and obey.  But the children of Israel just couldn’t believe  and they wanted back to Egypt where they lived as slaves. Moses told them in Exodus 14:13,14

 Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.

And then God says to Moses in Exodus 14:15

Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!

And this is the place where perhaps you’re at now. You’ve been seeking God, committing your life to Him, crying out to Him, trying to be obedient and you sense God leading you to make some significant changes. Could be He’s leading you to speak publicly which causes you to sweat just thinking about it?  Perhaps He’s leading you to leave your home and to move to a place where people are working hard to get away from not come to. Maybe an inner city location where you can show the love of Jesus to those that live there. How about changing your job to a place with less pay and less benefits but where people need to see Jesus lived out and not just talked about?  Possibly, He is asking you to give a sizable gift of money to a person, family, mission, church, or organization and it’s the money that you’ve been putting away for that special thing  you’ve been wanting.  Maybe, He’s asking you to leave the secure place that you now enjoy and to move to another country.

You’re experiencing a basket full of emotions. You fear that you can’t do what God is asking. You feel insecure and wonder why God couldn’t choose someone smarter, braver, more talented. You ask yourself how you will care for yourself and for your family. Where will the money come from? You look around like Moses did and think that there is no way you can do what God is asking. But God made it clear to Moses; the time to call out was over, now it’s time to Get Moving.

Now the sea didn’t part instantly. We read in Exodus 14:21,22

Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land.  So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!


Now I not suggesting that you impulsively take off, or change job or move to another country, but what I am saying is, “Get Moving.” Make preparations, pursue studies that will prepare you for God’s call. Start talking about it, share it with others. Read biographies of men and women that have followed God and stepped out in faith. Spend more time in God’s presence in prayer, worship, meditation and become a student of His word in preparation for what God has for you.  Connect with others that you see already doing what you believe God is telling you.

It’s okay to feel weak, to feel afraid, to question your abilities. Remember what the Lord said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

“The Christian experience, from start to finish, is a journey of faith.” Watchman Nee

“God is constantly on the move. I cannot stay where I am and follow God at the same time: responding requires movement.” Margaret Feinberg

John McHoul

Port au Prince, Haiti

  1. Linda Leonard says:

    Thank you for the encouragement and confirmation…….”moving” on a house on the block to redeem from fraud and crime for a personal dwelling and ministry center/guest room for the neighborhood…….exactly as you wrote……..where the funds? how to manage? ……one step at a time…..waiting for a revised city redevelopment contract ….and trusting God for every detail…..

  2. johnmchoul says:

    Just finished reading about the 12 spies sent out by Moses. Oh, how Joshua and Caleb stood apart, not being influenced by all the naysayer, the we can’t guys. Over and over again God proves Himself faithful to those that follow him. I will excitedly be praying as you move on.

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