"But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’" (Exodus 14:13-14).
These are two of my favorite verses in the Bible because of the imagery they bring to my mind. The Lord will fight for you, if you only keep still. I don't know about you,
but when I face difficult times, I tend to want to do my own fighting and find my own way through. Or, at the very least, I want to "help" God. These verses remind me that God doesn't need my help; God just wants me to be still (or more bluntly, sit down and shut up).
In Exodus 14, the people of Israel had just left Egypt, but now the Egyptian army was coming down on them and their only way of escape was blocked by the Red Sea. It was hopeless. In their fear and despair, they cried out in anger against Moses for bringing them to a place of certain death. Except it wasn't hopeless ... because God was about to show up in a mighty way. But first, God, through Moses, tells them to be still. "Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see my deliverance." Stillness allows us to see what God is doing in us and for us.
Are you still often enough to see God at work in your life? Are you going through a difficult time right now where you've been trying to find the answers, but perhaps just need to turn the problem over to God and be still?
Prayer: God, thank you for all the blessings I take for granted. Thank you for being present in my life even when I've been too busy or distracted to notice. Help me to be still more often so that I see the deliverance you are accomplishing for me. Amen.