We cry out to God. In. absolute. desperation. "HELP! Do something!" Our natural humanness wants someone - anyone - to intervene when we are helpless to change the situation.
out your hand over the sea and divide it." ~Exodus 14:15-16Moses' rod was the symbol of his authority. Just as our oval office is a symbol of the authority of the President of the United States.
Moses was crying out to God to save him and the Israelites from the right-on-their-heels army of the Pharoah. They would have been slaughtered had the Red Sea not opened up for them to cross to the other side.
But, God did NOT open the Red Sea. Moses did. Moses used his God-given authority. Had Moses not cried out to God and just automatically did that, the Red Sea still would have opened up.
Jump forward to the time of Jesus. He gives His Disciples all authority, which was originally man's. At the time God created Adam, God spoke forth the power and authority that was God's transferring it to Adam. And that was that Adam take dominion and subdue (Genesis 1:26-28). He tells us the same thing today. Take dominion. Subdue the enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy us.
Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs... ~ Luke 9:1-3Jesus said not to take their staffs (rods). Man no longer needed a symbol of authority. They just had to walk in it. We have to walk in it.
The demon-possessed man with a legion of demons inside him cried out and begged and pleaded with God (Luke 8:26-29). Do we do what demons do? God forbid, NO! Demons need the Mercy of God. As Believers, we are clothed in His Mercy.
And His authority!
Desperate cries from an unbeliever or those young in their relationship with God and His Word, God acts upon - sometimes swiftly - for the purpose of building faith.
But, as we grow in our faith, as our trust-relationship with The LORD deepens, He no longer expects us to cry out but to take action by using the authority He has declared is ours through His Name.
Because of Him and Unto Him,