Rev. Stewart Speaks: I survived!

| April 23, 2015
Lakeya Stewart

The Rev. Lakeya Stewart

By the Rev. Lakeya Stewart
Have you ever experienced God allowing situation after situation to happen to you in an attempt to get your attention? After this have you felt like one more thing happening to you would cause you to crumble.Anybody ever been there?
The children of Israel fled into the wilderness in an attempt to seek freedom from the bondage in Egypt. In route to this new freedom, the Israelites encountered some struggles. They approached the infamous Red Sea and they had their enemies behind them.
The children of Israel were at a crossroads. They could surrender and be brought back to captivity by Pharaoh’s men or they could get on one accord, and follow the leader. Anybody ever have a hard time following the leader? Do you know of any place, maybe at work, where there are many leaders and no one wants to follow?
The children of Israel had no time to argue about who was in charge.
Exodus 14: 13-14 says:

“And Moses said unto the people. Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
Have you ever had an experience like this? In the midst of your crazy situation, hypothetically speaking, the people on your job seem to be acting crazy and every day you want to quit, when suddenly you get word from God to “stand still” and to not be afraid. Ahem, I can hear some of us now… “excuse me Lord…do you want me to stay here and take this verbal abuse at work?” Really? And to top things off, you want me to hold my peace? What? Lord, see…you know they are wrong and you want me to be subjected to this kind of stuff? Anybody ever felt like this? Anybody ever asked God those types of questions?
Life and these kinds of experiences can sometimes leave us wondering, but what we don’t know is that God has the ability to remove some people from places and positions, because “trouble don’t last always”. As a child of God, we have that blessed assurance that if we hold on… God will see us through. If we keep the faith, God will bring us out alright. If we refuse to give in, we have a reward for our patience.
So…. Here we have, the children of Israel under the leadership of Moses. In verse 15, Moses receives direct instruction from the Lord when scripture says, “And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.”
Moses then gets very specific instructions to “lift up his rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” In verse 16 and then again in verse 26 this is stated so that Pharaoh and his army could not also cross the Red Sea.
Moses had to be in tune with the voice of the Lord in order to lead the people. As a leader, Moses could not afford to be swayed by the disgruntled and upset children of Israel.
You see, Moses had already established a relationship with God. He already knew God’s voice and was able to not only survive, but to thrive in difficult times. Moses wasn’t shocked or surprised that God had him stretch forth his rod, because God had previously used the rod to perform miracles.
As believers, we can survive our Red Sea experiences in life because we have the opportunity to establish a relationship with God. In order to build any kind of relationship with anyone, including God, we must spend quality time with that person. We as believers, must pray and seek God more often, so that we can learn the voice of the Lord. On this week, I challenge us all to be more intentional about prayer. In your spare time reflect on, and ask yourself this question: Am I equipped to survive the storms of life relying on the voice of the Lord? God bless.
—Rev. Stewart
For questions or further correspondence concerning future topics or speaking engagements, please email at RevStewartSpeaks@outlook.com.
The Rev. Dr. Lakeya Stewart, M.Div. D.Min., ABD attended Berea College and the Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky and earned a double major B.A. degree in Sociology and in African and African American Studies as well as the Master of Divinity Degree. The Rev. Stewart currently serves as the director of spirituality/chaplain for Signature Healthcare in Bluffton, Ind. The Rev. Stewart is currently writing a dissertation on pastoral leadership through Regent University.

 

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