“The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!” (Exodus 14:14–15, NLT)
We see more and more terrible effects of sitting too much. We Americans need to get moving. Our jobs, and leisure, just include excessive sitting. It has been discovered that a sedentary life leads to all sorts of health issues. The Mayo Clinic says that the health risks of sitting include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Prolonged periods of sitting increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Moving is life. In the Scripture above the Jewish nation are leaving Egypt. They had been slaves for 430 years and after a series of plagues sent by God the Pharaoh allows them to leave, but then changes his mind and the armies of Egypt pursues them. The Lord parts the Red Sea and tells Moses to tell the people to “get moving.” Get moving to freedom, to safety, to a new life.
We are people that move physically but also spiritually slowly at times. We do not like change, effort, or leaving what is comfortable and familiar. God is calling us all to “get moving”. To move out to new territory we have to leave the old. Is there something old, and maybe normal in your life that you need to leave? Habits, anger, grouchiness, and of course. sin. These things not only hurt us but those around us. It is time to leave sinful things in our lives that are quite honestly, ruining, or at the least, not adding value to your life.
Time to “get moving”. To move on to what is better, what is God’s will, and what will add more value to your life. Maybe it is time to leave the way you normally treat your spouse. It might be the day to leave the pain of your past that keeps you paralyzed with fear to pursue your passions. Maybe get moving from the hate in your heart you feel toward people who are not like you. Time to move on from bitterness, unforgiveness, and being spiteful. To leave this to the love of God. To allow His love to be part of your life, and you pass that love on to others.
Time to move on? With God’s help, and our decision, let us “get moving.”