May 7, 2002 • By Ed Wrather
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19.
Moses was provided with a supernatural resource from God to use in confronting the Egyptian Pharaoh and leading the people of Israel to freedom. The supernatural resource provided to Moses was his shepherd’s staff. The staff or rod cast on the ground became a snake and when picked up by the tail again became a rod. The rod was stretched out over the river and the water turned to blood. The rod was stretched out again over the water and frogs covered the land of Egypt. When the rod was stretched out or used the plagues came over the land of Egypt.
When the people of Israel were between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptian army Moses cried out to God to help them. God’s response? “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea (Exodus 14:15).”
What would have happened if Moses had refused to use the supernatural resource that God had given him? He would have failed. If we refuse to use the supernatural resources God has provided for us, we will also fail. What resources has God provided for us? Prayer (Luke 18:1), the Bible (Matthew 4:4), and the Church (Hebrews 10:24-25) are supernatural resources provided to all of the children of God.
How many times have we come to God in times of crisis and cried out to Him for help? How often do we act like Moses at the Red Sea having the Rod of God but not using it until God says, “Why do you cry to Me? ... But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.” Is your prayer time an hour of prayer or a moment of prayer? Do you have a daily Bible reading time or a monthly Bible reading time? If you are physically able, do you assemble with other believers or do you have a “better” use for your time?
If we refuse to use the supernatural resources provided by God, we will live in spiritual defeat.