Lift up your Rod! 

Girl in forest
Moses stands before the Red Sea with his enemies in hot pursuit behind him. He is between the proverbial ‘rock and a hard place.’ He is in a difficult and impossible position. So he cries out to the Lord, naturally. That is what we do when we are trapped in desperate situations we cannot get ourselves out of. (Exodus 14:10-30).

So what happens?

The Lord tells Moses to lift up his rod and speak to the obstacle before him. I would have expected the Lord to stop his enemies in their tracks and deliver Moses. That was the easy thing to do for God. But He wanted Moses to learn that He was the God over nature and creation. He can even move mountains if we will lift up our rod and speak what God has put in our heart.

I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Matt. 17:20.

In some ways, Moses’ rod reminds me of Christ. When God speaks to our heart and we hear, it births faith in us. When we speak in faith in the Name of Jesus Christ, the impossible becomes possible because God will honour our faith in His word and His Name.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore…’  Matthew 28:18.

The question then is, do we wait long enough to hear what God is telling us when we are in a crisis?

I was quite happy in my job. It was interesting and challenging, and I enjoyed the challenge. But a manager friend of mine wanted me to be a part of her team. So when a position came up that was some grades higher than where I was, she asked if I would consider applying for the post. After some persuasion and much prayer I consented. It was a new challenge in a very different part of the department and I felt maybe I was ready for change. So I seriously gave myself to applying for the post and came to believe it was the right move for me at the time. I was shortlisted and accepted for interview, but someone with a lot more experience than I got the job. I came second to him.

For some odd reason, I felt this was not the end of the story and I should not give up. So I went to the Lord to find out why. He spoke to me. I then held onto His Word and spoke it in prayer and into the situation, and waited.

It just happened that in the end for one reason or another the person offered the post never took up the position and I was approached to accept the offer.

I then knew why I did not have a sense of closure on the issue and why the Lord told me hold fast to His promise and persist in prayer.

I accepted the offer and the job turned out to be a great blessing. It allowed me the freedom to organise my own work schedule, the option to work from home but most importantly, the liberty and ability to lead the Christian Workplace Group in the organisation.

The lesson then is, if you are facing a desperate situation, turn to the Lord, listen for His voice and speak and/or do what He tells you and then wait on Him. The situation will respond to the Name of Jesus on the lips of a true believer while keeping your heart right before God and man.

Elizabeth Ukiomogbe