For 2020, I have chosen Isiah 41:10 as my personal verse. This lead into a theme for this year’s “His Encouragement” posts. Each week, I will look at another “fear not” Scripture of the Bible. I hope that as we journey together through these verses that we all will learn a little more about trusting God and rooting out the fear in our lives.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.Exodus 14:13 KJV
Have you ever said to your child, or any child, “Stand still!”? Why was that? It’s usually because you are trying to do something to help them in some way and they won’t stop wiggling enough for you can work.
The children of Israel came to the Red Sea after their departure from Egypt. A massive expanse of water blocks they’re journey, but they aren’t really worried about it– at first. They didn’t even recognize it as an obstacle until…
… the enemy came charging at them on the horizon. Fear plagued the camp and the people became afraid and angry. They accused Moses of doing this on purpose, of leading them into the wilderness to die at the hands of the Egyptians.
And Moses said unto the people, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
When Moses said this, God had not told him His plan. He had no idea what God would do. He was only confident in the fact that God would deliver them from their enemies.
Sometimes we just have to stand. Stop struggling. Stop wiggling. Stop fretting. And wait.
He is going to deliver you. But not always how you want or when you want.
And sometimes it takes an act of faith before the deliverance.
God did not rescue the Israelites until they acted in obedience and started across the Red Sea. He sent the cloud to shield them, yes, but he did not stop the enemy until they had obeyed. If the Israelites had stayed on the other side of the sea, they would have all perished.
The first step is to stand, but the next step is to obey. When God gives his plan we can’t keep standing there waiting. We have to move forward how he has lead us. It reminds me of a story about a man whose home is flooding.
A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood and was praying to God for help. A man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, "Jump in, I can save you." The stranded fellow shouted back, "No, it's OK, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me." Then a motorboat came by. "The fellow in the motorboat shouted, "Jump in, I can save you." To this the stranded man said, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith." Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, "Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety." To this the stranded man again replied, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith."
Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, "I had faith in you but you didn't save me, you let me drown. I don't understand why!" To this God replied, "I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?"
So, what is God telling you to do today? Do you need to stand still and wait? Or has He already told you want He wants you to do and now you just need to obey?
What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!
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