The Israelites were terrified. Pharaoh’s army was closing in behind them and the sea was in front of them. They were scared – they could only see destruction coming at them wherever they turned. They were angry. Out of control. Helpless. And immediately they jumped to the worst conclusions, certain they were going to die. They saw no escape, no way out of this perilous position. Certain that it would have been far better for them to have remained slaves to a cruel master rather than go through these uncertain and overwhelming times now.
The people of Israel were unable to see any rescue, any relief, or any escape from their trouble because they looked only from their own point of view. They cried out only from their own frightened, limited perspective. They cried out to the Lord, but they weren’t trusting the Lord. They allowed their panic to rise and take over their minds.
God in His mercy reassured His frightened, untrusting people through His servant Moses.
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today…The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:13-14
We need only to be still.
There are so many times and circumstances in life that are hard, that are frightening, that are frustrating, that are sad. That is the truth of this broken, imperfect world.
Yet, with God as our deliverer – with God as our help, our hope, our very life – we are able to choose His peace. We are able to not be afraid. With God’s everlasting arms around us, we are able to stand firm on His promises. With the almighty God as our faithful God, we can trust that we will see and experience His deliverance. We will see how He fights for us and wins! We need only to be still.
In our stillness, we can breathe more deeply the very life breath of our Living God. We can breathe in God’s love for us and presence with us – into our bodies, minds and spirits. In our stillness, we can trust our God. We can let God quiet our minds. We can let God quiet our own voices that are spinning our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits out of control.
We need only to be still. In our stillness, we can more fully trust the eternal truth that God is good. That God is in control. That God does love us. That God is with us. In our stillness, we can trust that even the most difficult and awful times of our lives can be times for us to see and know God’s great care and intimate love for us in deeper, undeniable, unfathomable and powerful ways.
We need only to be still. In our stillness, we will be able to choose God’s truth as the interpreter of our circumstances instead of listening to the consuming voices of our fear, anger, sadness or any Lie From The Pit Of Hell (LFTPOH). In our stillness, we will sense God’s presence. We will see His deliverance. We will experience His transcending peace as the Lord fights for us and wins!
We need only to be still.