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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Red Sea Rules – Part 6

Exodus 14:15 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.

When it was time and the Israelites had stopped and cried out to God, He gave them a simple plan. Move forward. That’s Rule 6.

There are many stories in the Bible where God acted after someone’s taken a single step in faith. Jesus had the man with the withered hand reach it out. He had the crippled man get up. A Christian walk is step by step, day by day.

Psalm 42:8 says, “Day by day the Lord also pours out His steadfast love upon me.” Or how about the prayer Jesus taught us, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

When you don’t know what to do, stay close to God and then do the next logical step in faith. A big problem you have may be overwhelming; so you don’t do anything. But try doing just the next thing toward its solution. It might be a phone call, or rearranging your schedule, or paying 1 bill, or cutting up 1 credit card or whatever. But start with the smallest step that’s right in front of you. The next step often becomes more or less obvious.

Thomas Carlyle wrote, “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”

Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount not to be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of our tomorrows. We need to live one day at a time. And of course this means living with His teachings and will in mind.

When you don’t know what to do – ask God to get rid of your fear and just show you the next step.

There’s a hymn called “Moment by Moment” that says, “Never a trial that He is not there, Never a burden that He does not bear, Never a sorrow that He does not share. Moment by moment, we’re under His care.”

God grows us little by little. He leads us one step at a time.

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