The Norman Transcript


September 20, 2013

Why are you crying out to me?



I dropped straight to the bottom of that sandy creek like an anchor. I was flailing and clawing, grasping for anything that would bring me to safety. Then, Dad casually reached down and pulled me to safety. I even struggled against his help. When I came up, Dad was smiling.

After spitting up water and coughing, I said, “Dad, dad, I almost drowned.”

He replied dryly, “Stop crying; I am right here beside you. I won’t let you drown. By the way, this is your first swimming lesson.”

I thought about that day when I read the verse from Exodus 14:15: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me?’ Tell the Israelites to move on.”

Remember that the Israelites had just witnessed some amazing miracles by God to free them from Egyptian slavery. Now they were backed up to the Red Sea with apparently no way to escape the impending doom headed straight for them. They were terrified and afraid and cried out to God. Moses then turned to God.

The statement by God in verse 15 appears to mock their cries and Moses’ plea, but this was in no way the intent. “Why are you crying out to me” underscores the core problem all of us have with God: trust. Surely, God has brought us out here to die. He has abandoned us. God has left us to die alone.

God’s response tells us everything about His desire for a relationship that is built on total trust and commitment.

God basically says, “Don’t question my loyalty to you, don’t doubt that I would have saved you, don’t let fear rob you of the truth that I am always by your side and seeking your best.” More times than we are willing to admit, we struggle with trusting God.

We cry out more than we trust His sovereignty and purpose.

Today, like the Israelites, we need to move on. Move on toward trusting God, move on to enjoy a level of relationship that you never have experienced and move on toward the Promised Land.

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