And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. 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 Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
As I looked at the above scriptures and the events that played out there, I just can’t help but relate with it in our contemporary Christian walk. Moses had fought the Egyptians in Egypt and defeated them through the backing of God and therefore was not threatened when he saw Pharaoh and his men approach them. He had faith in God’s ability to deliver. He was ready to deploy his rod against the Egyptians once again as he did in Egypt. He was so confident that victory was going to be theirs, but he assumed the mode of the victory without asking from God on what He wants done.
He wanted to deploy his rod against the Egyptians while God wanted the rod deployed against the obstacles; he wanted to watch the pillar of fire consume the Egyptians while God wanted to bury them in the water. He was expecting angelic confrontation against the Egyptians while God was interested in leaving a memorable mark in the minds of the Israelites by parting the Red Sea.
Many times, I have seen Christians fight battles that were not necessary for them at certain times without enquiring from God because they assume as long as they can pray, fast and declare the scriptures victory will come. This has become a major reason for defeat, stagnation, depression, financial losses etc.
Please note the following:
1. Your scriptural knowledge will become ineffective against your challenges if Divine strategy is ignored in their engagement.
Moses had the same rod (WORD) that sank Egypt but the rod this time was meant to be directed against the problem not the person or people.
2. Never assume you have a right to victory in a place God is already backing.
God was backing the Egyptians but facing the Red Sea. Always find where God is facing in your life’s trajectory and face there.
To retreat from a confrontation is not a sign of spiritual weakness but a strategy for re-evaluation of modus.
3. Praying and fasting, binding and losing over what you should move away from is a recipe for time, energy and resources wastage.
4. Never be afraid or cry over your obstacles, face them and keep laying the rod (WORD) against them as you move on. God is more interested in clearing your obstacles than fighting your enemies- face your front!
5. Never engage people in a fight who are bent on distracting you from your journey towards your destiny- God has a strategy to silence them for you.
6. Never assume you know how God will handle a particular situation just because you saw what and how He did it before either in your life or on that of others- be current in hearing Him.
7. Time deployed in securing Divine direction and strategy is not a spent time but time invested. It is better to be late and laugh later than to be early and cry later.
8. God will never give you victory because you are spiritual and know the word but because you are current and sensitive to His instructions per time.
9. Never be intimidated by any obstacle. That you have not seen it done before does not mean God cannot start it with you.
Moses had never seen a sea divided before his time but God needed to use him to set the pace and show Joshua that it’s possible.
10. Keep laying the rod (WORD) on the situation as long as you have secured Divine backing, it will surrender with time.