“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still’ (Exodus 14:13,14).”
Sometimes you can’t just win for losing. That’s how the Chicago Cubs must feel these days.
The Cubs have not won a World Series in over a hundred years, and haven’t even been in one in over 60. Their history isn’t even checkered, it’s flat out black.
Now, in 2010, they have to deal with the likes of Carlos Zambrano. He is a hothead who pitches for them, and is in the middle of a 91 million dollar contract.
Yesterday, Zanbrano stormed into the dugout and screamed at his fellow players. He was upset that his colleagues weren’t diving all over the field for hard hit line drives to protect his highness’s earned run average. Never mind that he allowed the hits, and that extra hustle would have done no good. The Cub’s have suspended him until further notice.
This incident is not the first in Zambrano’s career. He was suspended last year for a similar incident, and in 2007 he was fined because he got into a fight with a teammate.
It’s not easy to deal with difficult people. When others are unreasonable and won’t compromise, you have one of two choices: fight or flight. You can either duke it out with them, or you can just run. Neither option is very pleasing.
The Israelites coud do neither in their condition. The once proud people of God were now enslaved by cruel rulers of Egypt. They didn’t have the power to fight or flee.
They had generally been homeless since Abraham, wondering between Babylonia, Palestine and Egypt. The Israelites thought they had finally found a home when one of the Pharoahs invited them to settle in the best of the land (Genesis 47:5.6).
Times change, however, as the Israelites discovered. The Egyptians became increasingly decadent, and less spiritual, at least in positively so. Finally, the people of God ran up against Ramses, who practiced black magic and infanticide (Exodus 1:15). He put them to work on his massive building projects.
Ramses was extremely tyrannical. He was known to require the Israelites to use their dead children as bricks if they couldn’t meet their quota.
There appeared to be no way out of their dark, horrible condition, until God heard the groans of his people and sent them a savior in Moses. Moses tried to negotiate with Ramses, but the effort was fruitless. Pharoah’s heart was hard as a rock.
Facing with fighting or fleeing, the Israelites chose the latter, at God’s direction. He had promised a home to Abraham’s descendants, and it was time to deliver.
But before they fled, there had to be a fight. God handled it. He basically took over and began to work miracles on the Israelites behalf. He sat in motion the plan that led to the exodus from Egypyt. He even once told them to shut up, stop praying and get moving.
We have about a month to leave our current rental, so we’ve been looking for a new place. So far the efforts have been futile. We have fought a good fight, and flight is not really an option, or a desire. We like it here.
One day this week I came home and learned that a place I thought might work was gone, already rented. I got discouraged and said,”That’s it. I’m going to quit praying.”
God took me up on it. In fact, I think this is what He wants. The message in my heart from Him is, “I’ve got it under control, so stop praying.”
In fact, when I try to pray on the matter, the words won’t come. It’s as if someone has blocked my vocal chords or thoughts. So, I have quit praying.
What we need is a new home and a new life in this new community. We have prayed and fought like crazy people for months. We can’t seem to pull it off, so we are stuck unless God intervenes.
He sent a savior to Israel in Moses ; He also sent us a Savior in Jesus Christ. I think He is about to send us a savior in our immediate circumstances. I don’t think we will have to flee the area, and I believe my inability to pray on the matter is a signal that there won’t even be a fight. If there is, God is leading the charge.
Well, shut my mouth, as they say here in the South.