READ: Exodus 13-14. Take your time as you read. Instead of breezing through a familiar story, put yourself in the position of one of the Israelites. Try to imagine the sights and the sounds and the smells. Try to imagine the exhilaration and nervousness as you prepare to leave the only life – a life of slavery – that you have ever known and set out towards freedom. Imagine the emotional roller-coaster of tasting the freedom in one moment and then in an instant seeing the mighty army of Pharaoh bearing down on you with no route of escape. Picture yourself in the moment. Try to think about how you would have felt when Moses gave the instruction in that moment to simply be still.
THINK: “Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today…The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” – Exodus 14:13-14
These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. 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 thee 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 thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some 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.” But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it 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 ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”
By: Charles Spurgeon
PRAY: All of us have gone through trials in our lives. All of us have been in difficult situations. Our tendency is to try to solve our issues on our own, and rush headlong into whatever solution seems best at the time. Ask God to help you remain still today. Confess the times where you’ve trusted yourself and your own understanding more than you trusted him. Confess the times where you’ve doubted. And commit to trusting God in all of the difficult places that will lie ahead. He’s the only one worth trusting.