“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.'” – Exodus 14:15-16
Imagine a family about to leave for vacation and the father says, “Let’s pray for God’s guidance on this vacation.” They begin to pray and days later, they’re still in the garage, praying. They hadn’t left! Here is a lesson we learned from the Israelites: There’s a time to pray, and there’s a time to move in faith.
Israel had their back against the wall when Moses led them from Egyptian slavery. There was the Red Sea on one side, the Egyptian army on the other. Then God miraculously parted that great sea. Now, the children of Israel could have just stood there as God parted the water and dried the ground for them to walk through, and then told Moses, “You know, Moses, we believe God did this. We believe that we could walk through on dry ground and God would save us,” and then they could have just stood there, continuing to pray fervently, and been massacred while mouthing some unnecessary prayers. But they didn’t just stand there. They stepped out in faith, believing that God had provided a way out for His people.
That would have been the result of a lot of “head knowledge” of faith, just like a lot of Christians today. Many cultural Christians believe the Bible “with all their heads.” And when it comes to giving God their lives, they are standing just on the edge of the sea.
Just like the Israelites, we must trust God to save us. They were looking at the walls of water on both sides, and walked through that sea in faith. Remember the lesson from the Israelites: There is a time to pray and a time to move. There is no real faith until we step out and trust God with our own lives, no matter how much we pray.