Courageous Leadership: Moses (Part 3)
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” -Proverbs 17:17
CRAZY FAITH CAN BE DEFINED as being willing to change the status quo and think outside the box.
The Israelites, led by Moses, started on their journey to freedom. As the Israelites left, Pharaoh had another sudden change of heart. He decided to pursue them and kill as many as he could, including Moses.
The Israelites doubted Moses and wondered about the promises of God. After everything, why would God do this? Why would He let them be recaptured? And possibly killed? They were stuck at the edge of the Red Sea with nowhere to go. No escape. Out of resources. No more options. Frantic, their doubts and complaining began.
The Egyptian army was closing in. What could Moses do?
Have you ever been in a position similar to Moses’? Have you felt like your options were running out?
One year, our family felt like God was calling us to move. We weren’t exactly sure where; we just knew we were going to be moving. We put our house up for sale and started to pack things we didn’t need. Then the economy tanked. We had relocated part of our ministry to Nashville, Tennessee, while we lived in South Carolina. As God began to speak to our hearts, we just assumed we would be going to Nashville. But our house would not sell. … continue reading below …
After almost a year of running up and down the interstate and with the economy worsening, I questioned the authenticity of God’s instructions. “God, what are you doing? Did I hear you clearly?”
All the while, the radio division of our ministry continued to suffer and the writing on the wall became clearer as to its future. As we closed the doors on our radio division, I shook my head in disbe- lief, wondering about God’s instructions. My wife and I still felt like God had told us to prepare to move. About that time, a pastor-friend in Knoxville called and asked me about helping their church through an interim time by leading music on Sundays.
My wife and I prayed about it. I agreed to help for a few weeks, and as I did, I quickly developed a love of their people. My wife enjoyed them too. As the weekly, three-hour trip from home started to become a chore, we looked at each other. Maybe we were moving to Tennessee. Maybe it was Knoxville, not Nashville.
The church leadership and personnel team asked me to consider taking over permanently. “God, is this where you are leading?” we prayed. The pastor and I were dear friends. My wife could work from anywhere. My kids were homeschooled at the time.
But our house would not sell. We changed realtors; we spent money fixing the things the new realtor said to fix. Weeks passed. Still no “SOLD” sign out front.
Finally, we told the pastor and church in Knoxville that we needed to say “no” to their invitation and allow the church to move forward with other possible candidates for the job. At this point, I felt like a failure. Had I heard from God? Where was He? Why did He allow my family all this grief and upheaval if we weren’t moving?
My kids got stir crazy. The packed boxes in the garage slowly came back inside. And then—
Our realtor called. “Someone wants to look at your house today … in about thirty minutes,” she said.
My wife hung up the phone. She looked at me.
“Don’t even clean up. They aren’t interested. They aren’t going to buy it. Let’s go,” I said with frustration. We jumped in the car and drove away.
We came back about an hour later, and the realtor called. “They want in by the end of the month!”
We. Were. Moving!
But we didn’t land in Tennessee. We landed in South Carolina, about thirty-five miles from our old house. But, we did move! And we are already seeing God’s hand on His timing.
So, what did Moses do?
Moses stepped up to lead. He valiantly grabbed his rod—filled with hope—and told the Israelites, “Do not be afraid, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. The Egyptians you see today, you will see no more. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13-14).
We read those verses on this side of history, sometimes out of context, and wonder, “How could Moses take such a stand?” That’s why it’s important to read the whole story in context. When you do, you read about Moses’s many questions to God and God’s answers. And despite Moses’s continued push-back, God honored each word He told Moses. So, when Moses got to this point, he didn’t know the how, but he knew that God would deliver the Israelites, for God neverbreaks His promises. Someone with Crazy Faith always remembers:God never breaks His promises. He may not answer our requests the way we think He should, but if God has promised something, He will deliver. Moses knew that.
Next, Moses lifted his rod as the Lord told him to do, stretched his hand over the sea, and the waters began to part. The Red Sea opened up and left dry ground to walk upon. Moses and the Israelites crossed over with a wall of water on their left and one on their right. I’m sure the people were astonished. I imagine there was laughter and tears. Thankfulness. Gratitude. Rejoicing.
But the Egyptian army headed toward them on the same passage- way. What would God do? What would Moses do?
After the Israelites had safely crossed the Red Sea, God told Moses to lift the rod again. At that moment, the waters returned, covering the chariots and Pharaoh’s army. In one incredible act of deliverance, God used Moses to set the people free. Phenomenal.
Oh, that I had that kind of Crazy Faith.
Here are a few questions to consider:
Are there people who are holding me back from living in Crazy Faith? Moses had a few. Am I willing to trust God, despite the way things look?
What excuses am I making to keep me from doing what God wants me to do?
Moses had Aaron to encourage him and hold him accountable. Who do I have that is encouraging me to have Crazy Faith?
Surround yourself with friends who will help you live with Crazy Faith.