Stand Still

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today’. Exodus 14:13

Believing Faith
Faith believes what God said. Faith has nothing to do with impressions. Faith has nothing to do with inward feelings. Faith has nothing to do with the outward appearances. Faith has nothing to do with miracles, wonders, or signs. Faith has nothing to do with probabilities or improbabilities. Faith has nothing to do with humanistic philosophies. Faith has nothing to do with calculations. Faith has nothing to do with speculations.

Demonstrating Faith
If you desire to couple any one of these things with faith – it is no longer faith. Faith plus anything extra, however noble is no faith at all..and without faith it is impossible to please God.  Hebrews 11:6  Faith rests on the naked Word of God. Faith begins and ends with the promises of Christ. When you take Him at His Word you are demonstrating faith..and you will find rest for your soul, even when the circumstances surrounding you may scream to the contrary.

Examples of Faith
God delights to exercise faith in you, just as He did with his servants of old. Moses told the Israelites to ‘Stand Still’, in Exodus 14:13 – but the Egyptians were bearing down on them and they wanted to run. The desert was behind them – where could they flee to? The sea was before them. They had nowhere to hide. They could neither go on, nor could they retreat. They were trapped and afraid.

Extraordinary Difficulties
They were in the midst of extraordinary difficulties… and their hearts must have been failing in them for fear of what was coming. But Moses told the Israelites to stand still– Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Do not be afraid. Moses told the terrified Israelites… ‘Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD– which He will accomplish for you today’. Our Lord tells us this very same truth. Stand still, Christian and see the salvation of the Lord.

Challenges to Faith
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. He would have us rejoice in His love and His never-failing faithfulness – even though the world appears to collapse around us.

Cowardice cries out: ‘Retreat – Go back – The path is too difficult. Go back. Relinquish your principles and return to the world. Go back to the worldings and their ways and actions’. Satan may whisper: ‘retreat.. it’s not good, nothing can save you now’,  and like Job’s wife, some would say: ‘curse God and die…’  But God would have us stand still and see the salvation of God.  Stand still for a while, if it is only to renew your strength.. so we can continue from strength to strength..and having done all we may continue to stand– stand therefore, we are told in Ephesians 6:14.

Impetuosity and sister Haste cries: ‘do something and do it now; Stir yourself; act quickly, take action yourself; discover your own answer. Solve your problem, don’t wait for God, for He long delays His action’. Impetuosity argues that to stand by in idleness is foolishness! We can find the answer to our problems : – Activate – Calculate – Speculate – Operate. DO something and do it now! And so instead of looking to the Lord to do something –we look to ourselves for answers.

Presumption boasts: ‘Positive thinking.. Just believe it and it will happen! If the sea is before you march forth and expect a miracle! Name it and claim it and tell God how to act and tell Him to save you!’ And yet such foolish counsel rests on man’s view – not God’s great plan.

Response of Faith
Faith responds not to Cowardice nor Despair. Faith takes no heed of Impetuosity or Haste nor foolish Presumption. Faith listens to the Word of God, even if the answer seems long in coming. Faith hears God’s quiet counsel and calm instruction: Stand Still… and see the salvation of God. What does it mean to ‘stand still’? Well stand still means to keep the posture of an upright man; to be ready for action; to expect further orders. To stand still in cheerfulness and patient endurance; to await His directional voice; to refrain from self-effort  – to resist evil attitudes. STAND STILL …and see the salvation of the LORD.

Reward of Faith
‘Do not be afraid…’ Moses told the terrified Israelites. ‘Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today, for the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’ And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground, through the midst of the sea’. Exodus 14:13 ff  Just stand still.


Bible References

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

13 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.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;


Psalm 22

22 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.

21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

28 For the kingdom is the Lord‘s: and he is the governor among the nations.

29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

55 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:

13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.

20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

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