Exodus 14:15-16 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! 16 Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground.
This verse really stood out to me while doing my study this morning. What caught my attention is when God asked Moses “Why are you crying out to me?”. God visited Moses through the burning bush in Chapter 3. From Chapter 3 – 14, God has given Moses instructions and proved how he would use the staff. In Chapter 4 of Exodus, God used exactly what was already in Moses’ hand “A Shepard’s staff” to prove that God has sent him.
Exodus 4:1-3 1 But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” 2 Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. 3 “Throw it down on the ground,” The Lord told him. So Moses threw the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back.
What is in your hand? What were you doing when the Lord first called you? Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law. Moses led the flock into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. Moses was being trained by God and had didn’t have a clue. He was taking care of his father-in-laws sheep, by taking them through the wilderness to get to Mount Sinai. He did so by using a tool, the Shepard’s staff. So Moses knew exactly how to use the staff when it came to leading the sheep to and fro. Prior to the burning bush, the staff as just a piece of wood, but after the staff met God at the burning bush it became an instrument of God’s power.
Present your staff to God, present your gift to God, present your voice to God, present your skill to God. Whatever it is that you were doing before God called you. God will allow the anointing to work through that staff.
Back to this verse: Exodus 14:15-16 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! 16 Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground.
God trained Moses how to use his staff for his glory from Chapters 4-14. He wants us to remember our training. Remember the tool he gave us. Once he trains, he empowers, and then God takes the training wheels off and allows us to move in his glory. God didn’t ask Moses “Why are crying out to me” in a negative way, more like Son why are you asking me, you already know what to do. Deep down you do, just believe that you know and don’t doubt. This doesn’t mean that we can’t cry out to God, but when we have a red sea in front of us and Pharaohs army behind us, use the tool that God gave you and allow God to work through it.