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Day 3: #nofearnovember
by One Voice Worship on November 4th, 2014

*original post date: 11/3/14


Still. A word that makes me fidgety and oh-so nervous. I’m not good at being still! I am a Martha by nature, and always have to be planning, doing and accomplishing something. This compulsion tends to trickle over to my relationship with the Lord. Surely He could use my help, right? And since I’m on the front lines of my day-to-day life, certainly my human, first-person perspective and suggestions could be of essential value to the pl...ans of my all-knowing, ever-present, sovereign God, right? Like I said, being still isn’t a quality in which I excel! Even so, the Lord continues to gently nudge and challenge me to mature in this area of my spiritual walk with Him. He loves me far too much not to do so!

“Still” is a word used with great intentionality in God’s Word. And while I wasn’t there when Moses was leading the Israelites to cross the Red Sea, I have a hunch that the words “be still” were the last words any one of them wanted to hear while being hotly pursued by Pharaoh and the Egyptians.

In Exodus 14, God is preparing the Israelites for deliverance – salvation – from their enemy, the Egyptians. In verses 1-5, the Lord speaks to Moses, giving direction for him and the Israelites to set up camp while He orchestrated their enemy’s advancement towards them, for the end result of not only delivering His people, but so that the Egyptians would know that He was the Lord. It’s easy to imagine the fear and terror that welled up in the hearts of the Israelites as they waited for their enemy’s arrival while camped along the bank of Pi Hahiroth. I imagine they felt like sitting ducks, just waiting to fall prey into the hands of the Egyptians, perhaps even questioning God’s instructions and ability to deliver them. Did God really say to set up camp and wait for the enemy? When they looked up and saw that the Egyptians had arrived, they panicked and cried out hysterically to God. They responded in fear and human divisiveness rather than in faith in the God who had been instructing and providing for them all along.

Holding fast to what the Lord had spoken to him, Moses spoke these words to the Israelites in verses 13 and 14:

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of “Peace” on our #nofearnovember journey! We’ll learn the Biblical meaning behind being “still” from our focus passage in Exodus 14 (can you say, “Eureka!?!”) and how to practically apply this truth to our everyday lives. I can’t wait to pick up where we’ve left off!

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Amanda - November 6th, 2014 at 6:45 AM
And just like those Israelite, sometimes we need a human to remind us of what God has said numerous times in His word. Thanks for being the human who is reminding us to Be Still and (more importantly) Look At What God is About To Do!
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