Imagine standing with the sound of the mighty Egyptian army thundering toward you from the back and the Red Sea in front of you. Either way, it looked like there was no way out – But G-d! The crowd turned toward Moses and cried out, have you brought us out here to die? And Moses responds, The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Do not be afraid. Standstill, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. Exodus 14:13
Who is going to be doing the fighting? The LORD! And what is the people’s attitude to be – simply to “be still.” But then, immediately G-d says, Go forward. How does this work? Are they to “be still” or “go forward?” Psalm 37:7 gives us some insight. It says, Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! The “be still” is a heart posture – being still is a way of believing. He wanted their attention to be on Him, not on the enemy. Be still, don’t fret and worry! G-d is in control. Our job is to trust and obey.
When we feel totally trapped and surrounded by enemies, the Lord wants to gain honor when He delivers us. He wants us and our enemies to know that it is He who is the Victor, and He alone deserves the honor of winning the victory. But as we wait for His deliverance, are we to stand still, frozen in fear? No. Like the Israelites, we can move forward, even when it looks like we could “drown in the waters” facing us on one side, or be beaten by forces far more powerful than we are on the other side. Our peace and hope are in the LORD’S ability to defeat the enemy.
The LORD said to Moses, why are you crying out to Me? In other words, you do something, Moses. Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your stuff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water. Wow! The Lord had given Moses the tool he needed. There was power in what he had been given. The Lord has also given us the powerful tools we need also.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Isaiah 11:55 So shall My word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Stand Still and Move Forward!