Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)
Be Still And Stand Firm
What do you mean by saying, “stand still?” Can’t you see everything that is swirling around me. I am in deep trouble. I need to do something. I need to take action. I can’t stand still. Why not? If I just stand still and do nothing I will be swamped by the conflict that is raging around me. Did I say do nothing? I thought so. Think again. What were my actual words? You said, stand firm and I will see the deliverance you will bring about today. Yes, I did. Does that sound like doing nothing to you? It did at first glance. It would be good for you to give my words far more attention than a passing glance. Consider deeply what I am saying to you. Take my word into your heart and mind and life. Hear my word. Put my word in practice. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
So what did I tell you to do? You told me to stand firm. What does that mean? It means I should trust you. I should not allow my attention to be focused on the size and nature of my battle. I should not let my battle take the focus of my heart and mind and life off of you. I should not race around trying to cover every base and fight every battle. I should watch and wait and listen for your activity. I should allow you to fight for me. I don’t need to take every matter into my own hands. I don’t need to solve every one of my own problems. You will help me. You will fight for me. Yes, I will.
I want you to think differently about your battles in life. How so? In the past you have thought that it takes great faith to fully engage in all the battles that are before you. There is some truth in that. You have not been wrong in your thinking. Now however, I want you to see that it also takes great faith to be still and stand firm. Sometimes, it takes far more faith to be still and stand firm than it does to begin to engage in a battle. I get that, I understand. Now, I want you to learn to be still and stand firm. I want you to learn to wait for me to fight for you. I want you to allow me to fight for you. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I will stand firm and wait to see your deliverance in and through the battles I face in life. I believe that you will fight for me and put this battle I face in my rear view mirror, never to be seen or heard from again. Amen
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