Posted by: kathryngraves | July 17, 2012

Stand Still

The Hebrew people wanted to run. But there was no place to go. They wanted to fight, but they were outnumbered and out-armed. They needed to be rescued, but they saw no one around who could do it. Moses was only one man, after all. The people camped by the sea. The Egyptian army pursued them. All they could think was that they’d be driven into the sea to drown or killed by the sword. I have a saying. “You can hurt me, but don’t hurt my kids or grandson.” It’s one thing to think I might die, but quite another to contemplate such a thing about my family. So I can only imagine what must have run through the minds and hearts of those men and women caught between a rock and a hard place, or in their case, between a watery death and the point of a spear.

When Moses relayed their concerns, and his too, I’m sure, to the Lord, this was God’s reply:

“Don’t be afraid! Stand still and you will see the Lord save you today.” Exodus 14:13

Stand still. Stand still?!? The Egyptian army closed in and God wanted them to stand still? Of course, we know “the rest of the story” and how God parted the sea so they could walk through on dry land and then closed the water over the army so that they were the ones who drowned. But the Hebrew people didn’t know any of that.

Herein lies the point. When it looks like the sky is really falling, stand still. Henry Blackaby says, “Don’t just do something, stand there!” When all our adrenaline, and every emotion, tells us to run, we need to stand still. When our circumstances will do us in if we don’t do something, stand still.

Stand still under the wings of God’s love. Take time to remember how much God loves you. He died for you. He has your best interest at heart. He loves you more than even you do! Breathe.

Stand still and wait. Wait for God to show you what to do next. Everything may not yet be in place for the next step. Trust the Lord to arrange perfectly for the next step. If the people had run into the sea before God parted the water, of course they would have drowned.

Stand still and listen. Spend time reading the Bible, searching for how God answered the prayers of people who found themselves in situations similar to yours. Ask God to show you His perspective on your circumstances. Make sure you get rid of your own will for your circumstance. Open yourself completely to God’s heart.

When you sense a direction from God, be sure to follow through immediately. He told the people to walk through the sea right when He opened it up. They had no time to wait around. Obedience at the right moment was crucial for them and is for us.

Stand still and watch the Lord save you–today!

The inspiration for this article came from Kathryn’s study of Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby.

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