Friday, April 29, 2011

Be Still

Exodus 14

God wants us to know and understand that through Him we can be strong.  In fact, there are times that God has us fight the battle with Him, and there are times when God fights the battle for us.  When we read through the history of the Israelites, we see that God often had very untraditional battle plans and I think that God still moves His hand in untraditional ways.  When you think about it, if He used traditional methods, we would just think that we took care of things on our own; however, His unusual methods make us look on in amazement and realize that it could have only been God.  Today, I am looking at the Israelites final break from the Egyptians; please turn to Exodus 14.

Has God ever brought you to a place where you know that you were following His lead, but things still were not coming together completely?  That is never an easy place to be and sometimes it can be terribly stressful.  The Israelites were in a position where they had no doubt that God led them out of Egypt because they were following the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire through the wilderness.  Even after all that God had done, they still found themselves thinking that perhaps God had brought them this far only to let them be defeated.  I have been there - I may not have voiced it in the same way, but my attitude has been very similar.  I have found myself thinking, "I know without a doubt that God led me here, so why am I having to deal with this?"  Perhaps it is at those very moments when we feel that way that we should instead be asking how God is going to part the sea.

When we know that there is no way we can fight the battle on our own, we need to be turning to God and asking for divine intervention.  Never think that God has led you this far only to let you fail.  Please look at what Moses says to the Israelites in verses 13-14.  Stand firm and be still.  Moses told the Israelites that God was going to bring deliverance to them.  "The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again."  Wow!  Standing firm isn't just believing in God's unfailing love; it is also trusting in His unfailing love.  We can be still in our faith in Him.  Please look up Psalm 46:9-11.  Be still and know that He is God.  There is no enemy greater than Him.

Are you standing firm in your trust and faith in God?  Can you be still?

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