Sir Isaac Newton's First Law of Motion tells us an object at rest will stay at rest, and an object in motion will stay in motion unless an outside force acts on that object. That's true, because quite often, I stay at rest on the couch watching sports until my wife mentions that the grass needs cutting. Now I cannot speak for you, but I can tell you from time to time, I need a swift kick in the pants to get moving.
In our text for Sunday, God gives Moses and all of the Israelites a swift kick in the pants at just the right time. The people have literally come between a rock and a hard place; Pharoah's Egyptian army is pursuing them from behind, and before them lies the expanse of the Red Sea. Moses gathers the people and tells them to "Be still," and to "watch the Lord fight" on their behalf. Just as Moses concludes that deeply pious oration, God intercedes and says, "Why are you crying out to me? Get moving!"
I share this with you because quite often, we spend too much time waiting on God and not enough time doing what God calls us to do. Praying for God's direction is important and it is a necessary step in following Him, but we must not use that time as an excuse to get comfortable and shirk the responsibilities before us as a church or as individual Christians.
So while you prepare for worship this Sunday, pray for God's guidance in your life, but get moving. We know the calling...now it is our responsibility to do what God says.
You have an opportunity to do what God says this Saturday, September 10th. The Oaks will participate in "Service in September," a project designed to serve local communities as a way to remember the tragedy of 9/11. We will be cutting grass, visiting local nursing homes, and even painting fingernails for people in assisted living areas. Please give of your time and effort this Saturday morning. We will have breakfast at 8 AM, and then we will work from 9-12 Noon in the local area. Please bring your tools, and a servant's heart as we work for the Kingdom.
Thank you for your continued support and service to God,
Total Record for Predictions (2-1)
Not a bad way to start out getting 66% of my picks right, though I admit UGA's loss to Boise was painful.
GA Tech plays MTSU this week. Again, the boys from North Avenue face an overmatched opponent who should offer little resistance for their program. I believe this game may be closer than some expect, but Tech should win handily by 14 points. (Let's hope they face someone of consequence sometime this season).
GA Southern plays Tusculum this week. The triple option is more than the Pioneers can handle. GA Southern should win by 21, easy.
Tough game for UGA last week. Boise State looked like a top 5 team, and UGA did not look prepared. But I have good news for Dawg fans this week. This game could theoretically decide Mark Richt's fate as the UGA head football coach.
I believe that UGA gets it done in an ugly slugfest in Athens. It may be a field goal late, but UGA beats the USC Gamecocks in a serious upset.
Finally, the Atlanta Falcons travel to Soldier Field to play the Chicago Bears in the opener. These were both playoff teams last year and the matchup should be a good one. While the Bears have a stout defense and a boisterous crowd/atmosphere, I believe the Falcons win. The Birds just have too much on offense and their defense should be better than last year.
We'll see how we do. Good luck to all the teams involved.