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At the Crossing
Category :- Inspirational Author :- By Declan Forjong Mbecha 
Posted on February 13, 2018, 12:00 am
 
The school dropout, who without any certificate backup must stir deep into the wellspring of his/her inner self for latent potentials that, if well activated, would enable them to navigate the challenge landscapes of existence. What about the spinster, who, faced with the dazzling qualities of suitors, has to pledge her love and submission under the ‘for better for worse’ mantra to ‘the one!’ An electorate faced with a plethora of candidates vying for their votes, each bragging to the best choice to lead them to the place of love, joy, prosperity, peace and freedom that they so desire. At the crossing is that crucial moment at which critical decisions must be made towards the successful advancement of an individual or collective body. 
This sets the stage for a spiritual revelation and awakening of making the right decision when we find ourselves at the crossing. Most times people attribute their predicaments to the workings of the devil meanwhile God lets certain situations unfold the way they do in order to open clearly our eyes of faith. In like manner, the Bible recounts that it normally could take 11 days journey for the children of Israel to move from Egypt into the promised land of Canaan. But because the Israelites were not prepared (I believe it to mean their faith in God wavered.) God caused them to wander through the wilderness for close to a generation. From a supposed 11 days journey to a 40-year journey! Our faith needs to be tested, and when we fail, we are given the opportunity to learn and thrive. 
 
Oftentimes we do not see His intervention in our life paths because of our own rebellious attitudes. Take a biblical example: Exodus 32:9, 33:3 & 5 describe the Israelites as stiff-necked. A word which is figurative of the uncontrollable nature of the Ox; an animal which was commonly used in the old Testament days for the plowing of fields. Like the Ox, the Israelites were described as stubborn people, difficult to lead in the ways God wanted them to follow. Despite the mighty acts of God that had shone before them along their journey (the 10 plagues of Egypt, the red sea victory), they still were seduced by their lust for idol worship. It is helpful and needful to remember the wondrous workings of God in our past because then we are fortified through the victorious encounters to be able to press on towards the race that is set before us. The wilderness is that moment when God sets us apart to build us up in our faith in Him. God doesn’t just want to see us remain babies, but responsible adults capable of putting to use the power He has placed in us – the wilderness makes you proficient, a plus to your spiritual growth: “ When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” says Paul  (I Corinthians 13:11).
 
The children of Israel fretted with worry when they were blocked by the red sea which was before them and being frightened by Pharaoh’s army which was fast approaching. That was a decisive moment for them. But Moses knew His God, and encouraged them not to fear but stand firm. This is what God wants of you and me today. What do you do when you are caught in the quagmire of unemployment, financial indebtedness, childlessness, emotional instability or the political upheavals in a country or region? It is what you think, say, and do that necessitates the backing you need. In the New Testament, we live in the dispensation of grace. God has pardoned everyone, and we no longer have the blemish of sin. Jesus cautions us though to not be like the Israelites who profess the name of God but do not live by His ways. ‘Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do the things I say?’ (Luke 6:46). God has told us and still do, not to fear regardless of the web we find ourselves in. Can we trust the word of God? Moses assured the Israelites about the might of God when he told them ‘God will fight for you.’ His faithfulness to God, as a leader of a people, caused God to show him the way out. Moses obeyed God’s instructions by raising his hand over the sea. The Bible recounts that a strong east wind blew and parted the red sea, to enable the Israelites to move unto the other side for safety. 
 
The exodus story is not a story for our entertainment but one that is divinely didactic. It is a story of faith, believe and trust in the one true God, and the leaders He has established to guide the people. It equally shows the characteristics of a leader: faithful, obedient, trustworthy, charismatic and interceding. The Israelites determination to worship the golden calf Aaron built for them caused God to vent his wrath on them but for the intercession of Moses on their behalf (Exodus 32: 9-14), even though he knew how temperamental his people were. Their quarrelsome behavior was also seen when they approached the bitter waters of Marah. The Israelites were so thirsty but couldn’t drink of the water thereof because it was bitter. Instead of crying to God, they murmured and questioned Moses. Do we Christians of today count our blessings in thanksgiving, or do we complain and murmur? The famous apostle Paul instructed the Christians of Philippa to refrain from worry and anxiety. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…’ (Philippians 4:6). So Moses did what was needed to be done, which was ask God for a way out, and he got the answer (Exodus 15:23-25). God commanded that Moses hit a tree which transformed the bitter water into sweet water. Wow! What a power of God! It is important to note that the stick that empowered Moses is today represented as the word of God. Every time Moses committed his stick to use it did serve the purpose and brought the people success. We should equally never be wary of using the word of God. It is the power we need to change bitter situations into sweetness. It is a gift worthy of usage as we walk this life. No wonder Joshua instructs to meditate on it day and night, so it would not depart from our mouths because of course if you do not know it, you would not have it and if you do not have it, you cannot use it. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8 KJV)
 
Are you at the crossing? Are you caught between the horrifying host of Pharaoh and the red sea? Are you flooded by bitter waters? Sometimes the crossroads is that moment of revelation, awakening, action; deliverance and an overture to triumph! We are humans and will, of course, have our faith muddled up in fear, doubts, obscurity, uncertainty, impatience. Let us be careful not to change the image of God from a God of wonders, a God of possibilities into idol worshipping: leaning on our own understanding, believing in our human ego, heeding to false and whack gods who probably are surely going to give us attractive but rotten solutions as help. May God be God in our subconscious and consciousness! We sure hear this all the time ‘fear not’ ‘stand firm’ but the question is how do we stand firm on the shaky ground right! It is pertinent to take out time to consult the bible and know what it says about what you are as a new creation in Christ Jesus, plus the instruction it gives concerning a particular theme. EVERY ANSWER to our questions is found in the word of God – Jesus. The cross has swallowed up every obstacle already that we may face in our own wilderness and birthed us through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We live because He lives. If you belong to Jesus Christ, then you have the Spirit of God within you, otherwise, you do not belong to the Lord. (Romans 8:9). We, Christians have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, also called the Spirit of truth. Jesus tells us in John 16:13, that ‘…when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.’ The presence of the Holy Spirit in us is to help us through. There is, therefore, the need to allow the Spirit work through us as it leads us in all our undertakings. Submitting ourselves to the Spirit of God should be functional because it is tantamount to our achieving the success of our visions!
 
‘Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.’ (2 Timothy 1:14 NLT) 
 
tend to believe that life will never be good to them because of the travails they have encountered, added to their wrong choices in the past. No! Life can still be good to you if you are willing to rotate the events you go through. Moses was normal like you and I. He had sinned.
 
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