In Exodus 14:14, Moses tells the Israelites:
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
And, then in the very next verse,
Exodus 14:15, God tells Moses this:
“Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, That Chaos Moment. The moment when communication breaks down, and vision grows fuzzy.
It’s no wonder that God and Moses got their wires crossed. Moses said, “God’s got this. Be still.” God said, “I’ve got this. Keep moving!” For a moment there, the communication lines between God, Moses, and the Hebrews were about as shaky as it gets.
We give the Hebrews a lot of grief for being whiney and complaining but, you know, none of them had ever done this before. Crossing the red sea? Chariots chasing them? This was all chaos to them.
We would probably be smart to recognize that such a moment can happen to churches, too, especially ones moving into uncharted territory. The pastor or church leadership may have one direction in mind, the people may be impatient or uncertain, and God may be desperately trying to move the church in yet another direction.
That Chaos Moment may be necessary, and not nearly as scary as it sounds. God’s advice is rarely wrong, of course. We just need to heed God’s call to “keep moving”–to step boldly into the uncertain. That doesn’t mean our Moses-types are necessarily wrong, encouraging the “stillness” of discernment. It is, after all, a sure way to reacquire God’s signal and direction.
And as for the impatient, even complaining person in the pew? They can be a potent reminder that the vision must be shared amongst everyone. Of course, even the best communicated vision can fail to bring along all the stragglers, but when the core people reengage with God and church leaders, there’s no barrier that cannot be crossed over. Or through.
That Chaos Moment can hit any church, any time, but especially the church that’s charted a course towards a spiritual unknown. It takes faith to pass through the waters of chaos and see the dry land of the very next moment…
Here it comes…
That Liberation Moment.
Have a Great Week,
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