Exodus 14:19-21 (NLT)
19Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them. 20The cloud settled between the Egyptian and Israelite camps. As darkness fell, the cloud turned to fire, lighting up the night. But the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other all night.
21Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land.
If you know the story about Moses leading the children of Israel away from the Egyptian army, then you have heard of the great miracle God did through Moses to part the Red Sea. Not just a small chunk of it, THE WHOLE RED SEA!!
It was a miracle; only God has the type of power to do something like that. But take another look at verse 21. Notice how it says it didn’t just happen instantly? God used a strong east wind that took all night to part the sea. Sure, God could have parted it in a blink of an eye, because God is all-powerful. Our minds cannot even fathom the things He can do.
God’s timing is perfect. He could grant all miracles and requests in an instant, just the snap of a finger. But then, we, His children, wouldn’t have that true relationship and love for Him like He wants us to. We’d just be a bunch of kids begging daddy for stuff—not talking to Him again until we needed another miracle or needed Him to fix one of our messes again.
God wants a relationship with you, He wants you to trust him with all of your heart, and He wants you to cast all your cares and needs onto Him.
Next time you are praying, remember the way God used Moses, and that His miracles and answers do not always come right away. Don’t get discouraged. Just thank Him for what He has already done, and pray for strength and patience as you await our Heavenly Father’s answer to your prayer.
The author is a college school student from Anderson, South Carolina.
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