And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.
And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
I can do no better here than quote from David Wilkerson who says of this passage ...
You have heard of the prayer of faith. I believe there is a mirror image of this prayer, a prayer that is based on flesh. I call this the prayer of unbelief. Let me pose a question to you: Have you ever heard the Lord say, “Quit praying—get up off your knees”? The Lord spoke these very words to Moses: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me?’” (Exodus 14:15). The literal Hebrew meaning of the verse is, “Why are you shrieking at Me? Why all the loud pleading in My ears?” Why would God say this to Moses? Here was a godly, praying man, in the crisis of his life. The Israelites were being chased by Pharaoh, with no escape. Most Christians would probably react as Moses did. He got alone with the Lord and poured out his heart in prayer.
I have to say that I have heard this sort of thing said before, but not fully understood it until I read this a few days ago. Praying the same thing over and over can show a lack of trust in The Lord. It speaks of impatience. “Lord, I don’t want this in Your time; I want it now!”
But there are times when He speaks to us, saying “the work is done, and now you must act to realise it.” If we are His, then we must accept that we are required to be His hands, His feet, His purpose. Listen for His Voice, which says — whatever we may think to the contrary — we are loved by Him. Sometimes, however, He will say, “why do you cry to me?”
Meditate On These Things
Why do You stand afar off, O LORD?
Why do You hide in times of trouble?
But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
The helpless commits himself to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
The LORD is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land.
LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,
To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
LOVED — Alisa Turner
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