Rise to the occasion
Rise to the occasion
Exodus ch 14 vs 10-18
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!
Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand firm, and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.' Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.'
Jeremiah 29:11 assures us that God has a purpose for our lives, promising hope and a future. As we believe God for greater things it becomes vital to partner with Him as He guides us from one season to the next. In the scripture above, we see that Moses partnered with God as he led the Israelites out of Egypt and by doing so, victory was certain. From this we also learn that doing things in ways that are contrary to God's ways is a recipe for self sabotage that will hinder our deliverance or breakthrough. For this reason, Today, pray for yourself, that in critical moments you will rise to the occasion in partnership with God and do what He is asking of you. Below are three things that we learn from Moses when rising to the occasion;
Hearing God's Voice:
To prosper, listen to God's instruction and teaching through the Holy Spirit. Moses understood God's expectations—raising his staff over the Red Sea. When Moses obeyed, God fulfilled His part by parting the sea.
Courage is vital to follow God's instructions. When God told Moses to stop praying and take action, Moses demonstrated courage. Despite risks, he led the Israelites forward, symbolizing faith and obedience by raising his staff over the Red Sea.
The fear of God is the foundation of wisdom. Moses faced the choice of retreating in fear, fighting the battle his way or following Gods specific instructions. Opting for faith, he followed God's instructions, leading the people to a miraculous deliverance rather than direct confrontation.
In summary, aligning with God's plan requires you to rise to the occasion by exercising courage&Faith, wisdom, and obedience. Like Moses, we must heed God's guidance, act with courage at the appointed time, and choose the wisdom of faith over fear. In doing so, we position ourselves for the hope and future promised in Jeremiah 29:11.As we do so, God is also growing us in faith, while building a Godly character in us.
Thank you for entrusting me with the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. I humbly seek to be a vessel of honor in the hands of our loving and mighty God. Grant me the strength to rise to the occasions where greater things demand courage, faith, and wisdom. Cultivate within me a deep sensitivity to Your Spirit and Your voice, that I may discern Your specific instructions for my path and journey. May I be attuned to Your guidance and find purpose in following Your lead.
This I ask in Christ’s name