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Stand still

‘And Moses said unto the people, fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.’

Exodus Chapter 14 Verse 13

Severe gales have battered our shores in the last couple of days. Everything in our garden is colourless and flat, drafts appear from all corners and outside even the seagulls are grounded.
Today it has eased slightly but yesterday it was very difficult standing outside. The stormy winds forcing movement in order to stay balanced.

The Christian is no stranger to storms whether within or without. In this chapter the children of Israel, having followed Moses out of the depression of Egypt now find themselves in real trouble.
The swollen Red Sea is before them and their greatest enemy is closing in from the rear with chariots.

What has God done? They followed His commands to the letter, they followed His cloud, and now are they going to be slaughtered by the hand of their enemy in the middle of nowhere?!
It is easy for us to view the 'big picture' because we know the outcome and because we know that this situation was ordained by God as a platform for His glory and a display of such power that it would be talked about for the generations to come.

It is easy to imagine the screams and cries of panic. It's easy to see why they turned on Moses and blamed him for the mess in which they found themselves. It's easy to think of them taking the easy option and heading back to bondage in Egypt. Fear had them all in its grasp.

If only we could run away from our troubles. If only there was a safe haven for us to go to. Are the thoughts of today much different from the time of Moses? Has providence led us into a corner. Hemmed in and with no way of escape?

It may be debt, it may be a loss of confidence, it may be sickness, it may be wayward children, it may be a change of home and location, it may be a fork in the road with two ways and we know not which we to take, it may be a touch of depression, it may be the loss of a loved one or even an unfaithful partner.

For one reason or another our peace has been taken from us, and fear has replaced it. We find ourselves at wit's end not knowing which way to turn. It has all happened so quickly, almost without us knowing about it.

The way ahead does not bear thinking about. In fact we dare not face it. We would rather crawl back under our covers than think about what tomorrow might bring. 

In our panic we try and work out a way of escape. What little strength we have left is soon lost in nervous energy. Exhaustion is now our companion along with doubt - unbelief and the vision we have comprising different shades of grey.

What does God want us to do?

His message is simple - 'Stand still!'

Mr Spurgeon writes the following:-

'Despair whispers, 'Lie down and die, give it all up.' But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.'
'Cowardice says, 'Retreat; go back to the worldling's way of action; you cannot play the Christian's part; it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.'

'But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid you go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course.
What if for a while you are called to stand still? Yet this is but to renew your strength for greater advance in due time.'

'Precipitancy cries, 'Do something; stir yourself; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness.' 'We must be doing something at once - we must do it, so we think - instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something, but will do everything.'

Presumption boasts, 'If the sea be before you, march into it, and expect a miracle.' Bur faith listens neither to presumption, nor to despair, nor to cowardice, nor to precipitancy, but hears God say, 'Stand still,' and immovable as a rock it stands.

'Stand still' - 'Keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long before God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said to the people of Israel, 'Go forward.'

Faith no matter how weak will eagerly take God at His Word. It will hear the voice of God speaking to my fearful soul these strengthening words, 'Fear ye not.' Hope will also be encouraged through the Lord uttering the words, 'Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.' Let us take God at His Word now, and let Him display His glory in our lives.

Author : Iain Mackenzie   Edited by : Pastor Al Moak