Sep 032014

Exodus 14:14 – the Israelites are finally leaving Egypt and Pharaoh has realized what he has done and is coming after the Israelites.    The Israelites are scared, really scared.

What does Moses say to them? 

“Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring……  The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.”

Now think about that.   There are, I believe 600 chariots and horsemen coming after them – the Egyptian equivalent of the Navy Seals.    Scary stuff.    And Moses says, “Don’t be afraid, just be still.”

Yeah, right, I’d be wanting to run and hide as fast as I can.

But let’s take a closer look at it.   Moses says, “God will fight for you, you only need to be still.”

They are in trouble – but God is and will fight for them.   In this case, God uses supernatural means and rescues them from the Egyptians.

But they don’t listen – they aren’t still.   If they were, they would be standing still the entire time.    Instead, they were following God’s plan, listening to Moses and walking through the Red Sea.

What can that tell us about “be still?”   I think that a very strong case can be made that “be still” means to “be quiet.”    Listen for God, block out the concerns, block out the noise and listen for God.

And then do what God tells us to do.   We can’t adequately tell what God wants us to do if we are too busy making noise, making our own plans and trying to guess what He wants.   Be still and listen to Him.


And then go and do what He tells you.


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