But was this Israel's cry? I cry out, "Father, your word says you speak to your people. – which He will accomplish for you today.”. But we have a new man inside us - and he is to submit his life totally to the Lord's hands. Samuel was saying, "Saul, I've just anointed you, and yet already your mind is racing. When it’s over, it’s over. “Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. Perhaps you carry burdens so heavy, your friends would fall on their faces weeping if they knew about them. I stood firm on His word when it looked so over – so dead – so beyond repair that I looked silly to keep standing – yet I stood. I held to your word. Unbelief will forsake wisdom and follow feelings or the fatal ways of the world. Will you stand still in your crisis, and lean on faith, trusting me to see you through?". They simply had no place to run. “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, and fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.”” Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Is. It was Israel’s own faithlessness that later led to God letting them fight their own battles. 14:15). All activities of the flesh must cease. 1. Give me your direction!" And it is the secret to our total victory and deliverance. They all would have been hewn to pieces. God brought out Israel in what appeared to Pharaoh the most disastrous way for them, and gave Egypt the greatest advantage. And that is hard for us to accept! Their intention was to bring the children of Israel back under bondage. "Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (Isaiah 30:21). The way Moses led the people was the way and will of God. This word is not a suggestion, but a commandment. Unbelief creates or magnifies difficulties, and then sets us about removing them by our own bustling and fruitless actions, which, in reality, do but raise a dust around us which prevents our seeing God’s salvation. When you take Him at His Word you are demonstrating faith..and will find rest for your soul, even when the circumstances surrounding you may scream to the contrary. Stop all your efforts to deliver yourself. Pueblo, CO 81008 The command of sacred writing is that we walk by faith, and not by sight. But it is never over until God says it is over. What does it mean to ‘stand still’? They did what God had told them, and they rested in it. Situations might seem to recommend you abandon your present procedure and friends may seek to tutor and turn you in a different direction. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Be convinced the battle is the Lord's. But I do know that you have all power and might. God was saying, in essence, "I'm going to strew your enemies' bodies along the shore, so you can see every one of them dead. But you know you can't go back to your old master. But the Lord didn't do any of those things. You are being tested! Of course, I don't mean that. Yet the Old Testament gives us example after example of how we have no power in our flesh to fight spiritual battles. Chapter 22 But faith changes everything. Prayerful meditation means allowing God’s heart and mind to penetrate yours; it gives God room to speak. The Hebrew uses two words daman and amad which have the idea "to stop." But Moses told the Israelites to stand still– Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army];He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feetAnd makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].For the choir director, on my stringed instruments. A rather lengthy comment by A. W. Pink has captured what is the meaning of the command, “stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD.”. And he refuseth to turn aside, and Abner smiteth him with the hinder part of the spear unto the fifth rib, and the spear cometh out from behind him, and he falleth there, and dieth under it; and it cometh to pass, every one who hath come unto the place where Asahel hath fallen and dieth -- they stand still. They were in the midst of extraordinary difficulties… and their hearts must have been failing in them for fear of what was coming. may God teach us that when all is ambiguous, it is our wisdom and safety to “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” It is when the Lord speaks, and only when He speaks, that we should proceed. After all, scripture says, it was God who hardened Pharaoh's heart, who caused the Egyptians to pursue Israel, and who allowed the Egyptian army to overtake them by the sea. So when God says, “Be still,” I know I’m in trouble. As the Egyptians quickly approached, there was no place for the Israelites to run. For more on the context of Moses’ statement, see our article about the book of “Exodus.” For more encouraging scriptures about God’s power and faithfulness, see our article on “Encouraging Bible Verses.”. Don't be slothful to go and to enter in to possess the land. The mighty soldiers had gotten up in the middle of the night and begun to fight themselves - and they ended up destroying each other! Or, God could have sent a single angel to slay the entire Egyptian army, in the blink of an eye. And I stand still and wait for him to act. Paul describes the feeling this way: "...we are perplexed, but not in despair" (2 Corinthians 4:8). Are you facing your own crisis right now? And Amasa lay wallowing in blood in the midst of the way. Grace to close our minds and block out earthy considerations. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”. Or did you give up. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Looking back on those two battles, I can say this. The Eternal Purpose of God “According to” Ephesians (Conclusion), 28. When the cherubim stood still, the wheels would stand still; and when they rose up, the wheels would rise with them, for the spirit of the living beings was in them. No reply is necessary! The desert was behind them – where could they flee to? Faith takes no heed of Impetuosity or Haste nor foolish Presumption. Yet God allows these hard things in our lives in order to produce faith in us. Do you want direction from him? Despair whispers: “Give up – Lie down and die; there is nothing that can be done.” But God would have us stand steady, even in the most trying and difficult times. ", The Hebrew word for "stand still" in this passage means "stop all activity, cease all striving." God may for holy and divine reasons lead us in a path that contradicts our thinking, but surely only the vilest form of unbelief will charge Him as being uncharitable. You may say, "Wait a minute. The Hebrew children never entered into another fire. Exodus 14 demonstrates that from beginning to end, whether man or nature, each and every action and reaction are controlled and dictated by Jehovah. “And the Lord said unto Moses …speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.” (Ex.