Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses
Know When to Take the long Route
“And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.” Exodus 14:10 NKJV
– We can focus on the problem or we can choose to trust God.
The Israelites were terrified when they saw the enemy coming their way. They doubted their leader, they questioned God, they complained, they grumbled, they panicked. Yet God didn’t get mad at their humanity or fears. He only asked for their obedience. And their trust. “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” Ex. 14:14
– Prayer is vital, yet sometimes God says,
“It’s time to get moving!” God may ask for stillness and trust and other times he might say, “Get going and keep trusting.” God said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” Ex. 14:15
– God took the Israelites on the long way because He had great plans for them.
He had plans to transform them into a holy nation by giving them His word in the form of the Tablets of the Ten Commandments, written by His own hand. They came to Egypt as a family of 70 and come out as a group of over 2 Million people. The long route was meant to make them into a nation.
He planned to create a civil and spiritual society by giving them the Torah or Five Books of Moses, which He would dictate to His prophet. He not only took them out of slavery into freedom, he recreated a people who were, in every sense, free. They were transformed from cowering fearfully before the Red Sea to courageously fighting to take possession of the Promised Land. In the wilderness, the People of Israel would have an opportunity to meditate, study, and encounter God’s Word in ways they could not on the short way fraught