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13 Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. Exodus 14: 13-14 AMPC
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV
Sometimes when we’re in the hallway between the past and the next season it’s hard to conceive of the wonderful future God has for us. So we long for the familiar past, no matter how awful it was. Even though in the hallway we’re free of the past, it can be a scary place. Sometimes the wonderful unknown is more frightening to us than the painful past we grew accustomed to.
The hallway is often dark and uncertain. The space is tight. It sometimes feels like the walls are closing in on either side as we wait for God to open the door to a new season of life. We catch glimpses of the light around the door ahead. Hope for a brighter future. Bright though it may be, the future is unknown. In the hallway we can still hear the voices of the past faintly in the distance challenging our faith…
“Who are you to think you could be free?”
“Are you sure it wasn’t better back here?”
“Will God really take care of you like He promised?”
The Israelites were in the hallway. In the moments before God parted the Red Sea, the Egyptians were closing in on them from behind. The past was still in hot pursuit. The past doesn’t let us go without a fight. The scripture tells us that the Israelites were very afraid. They saw their oppressors catching up to them. The people who had successfully kept them enslaved for centuries were close. And there was no foreseeable way of escape ahead. Only the expanse of the Red Sea lay before them…and the promise God had made to deliver them. In the hallway, we are challenged to believe what God has said or what the past told us about ourselves. In the hallway, we can either cower in fear or stand in faith.
So Moses told the Israelites not to fear. Not to be afraid. It is a choice to allow fear and anxiety to rule our hearts. We become afraid when we don’t trust God to take care of us. When we don’t trust Him to be good. Many times we can’t see God’s plan at work. We can’t figure out how He could possibly rescue us from what seems like an impossible challenge. And we’re confronted with a decision. To go back to the way things were – bound by shame and fear… Or to stand still.
Choosing stillness over fear is not a passive activity. It requires total trust and dependence on God. Intentional focus on who God is. On the fact that He is God and all that means. Rather than on the details of our problems as we perceive them with our natural minds. Stillness requires knowing. To be still we must know who God is. We must KNOW what He is good. Not just think or hope or maybe have heard He’s good. We must know that no matter what our circumstances look like, God is good. It takes confidence to remain still when your oppressors are on your heels. We have to trust God completely to stand firm without despair when we can’t see the way out of our trials.
As we stand firm, confident in God’s goodness, we become enabled to see Him working in our circumstance. When we are confident in God’s heart toward us, we are able to see the miracles right in the midst of our difficulties… Even as the enemy seems to be closing in on us. We must believe that God will work it out for us. That He will fight for us. Moses told the Israelites to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. When we stand in stillness – in confidence in who God is – we refrain from trying to save ourselves. To engage in useless striving. In the stillness there is no place for us to depend on our own strength. That’s when we see the salvation that God is working for us. Because we are still enough, without the blindfold of fear, to finally see that God was with us all along. Working all things together for our good and His glory.
Love & Blessings,