Standing Still

Ever had a time when you needed a spiritual rescue?

You can’t see a way out, around, or through this terrible circumstance.

Life suddenly seems totally upside down and you’re feeling anxious — even possibly panicked.

You’re desperate to know what to do and you are seeking God’s wisdom for your situation.

The people of Israel were in just such a circumstance as they were chased from behind by the Egyptians and faced with an uncrossable stretch of water in front of them.

Here is how they reacted in their worst-case scenario: “As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the LORD, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt” (Exodus 14:10-11).

So we see that the people did what we often do — they were panicked by what they saw happening in their lives. The Egyptians were overtaking them. How often have we seen things in our lives coming against us and seemingly overtaking us, and instead of trusting God, we panic and think it’s all over?

Now, here are the beautiful words from the Lord that give us hope in just such a situation —

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Exodus 14:13-14 NLT

I love these words for us today. Stand still. I think we need to learn to stand still in our trust in the Lord. So often we panic and run in a thousand directions when we really need to stop everything and trust God. In our standing still we are watching and waiting for the Lord.

Read carefully these words by the great Charles Haddon Spurgeon about the art of standing still

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.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon in Morning and Evening

Once the people stood still, they were in the perfect place to see a miracle from God. The Lord indeed parted the waters and saved them from the impending certain threat of their adverse circumstance.

Friend, where in your life do you need to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord? Where are you tempted to do the things that Spurgeon mentions — despair, retreat, or do something in your own strength?

I recently had the privilege to hike the Slot Canyon Trail and view the breathtaking rock formations at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. These tent rocks seem to stand tall and strong looking upwards to the sky, as if they are faithfully trusting in God.

Today, no matter what you are facing, I encourage you to learn the fine art of standing still, look up, and place all your dependence on the Lord for your rescue, strength, deliverance, and salvation. When you look to Him, you will see Him do the extraordinary as He carries out His plan and purpose in your life.

God bless you as you continue on in the great adventure of knowing Him!

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Standing Still In The Lord
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  • Description: Along the trail through the slot canyons and beyond to view the Tent Rocks National Monument near Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 7/11/15
  • Camera: Sony A6000 16.0mm-50.0mm — FL 16.0mm, ISO 100, f/11.0, 1/250.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photoshoot at Tent Rocks National Monument near Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
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