“But Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.’” Exodus 14:13-14
To give a little background as to what’s happening in this verse, this is right before God parts the Red Sea, and rescues the Israelites from the Egyptians. Here they are, almost free, and yet they want to go back and be slaves. The situation seems so hopeless that they say they would rather be slaves than die out in the wilderness, but Moses tells them to just be still, and watch God rescue them. And then he tells them to do something that seems almost impossible. He tells them to stay calm.
The Israelites are facing a pretty major crisis. I mean they ran away from the Egyptians, and now it looks like there’s nowhere for them to run. It probably seems like a dead end, so to them, surrendering and going back to being slaves seems like the best solution, but of course God had something different in mind.
This is where we begin to see the character of God. You see God brought the Israelites this far, and in all my experiences in life I have learned that God doesn’t just bring us so far and then just leave us to finish. No, whatever God starts, He finishes. He has shown that over and over again throughout Scriptures, and this is a perfect example of that. So the first thing we can learn from this passage is that God is a finisher. If He has brought you to a place where you feel like there’s nowhere to go, remember God will bring you through it. Just like He did for the Israelites.
Now here’s where I have stumbled many times. Moses tells the Israelites to be still and calm, and watch God rescue them. Now for some people this may be easy. I have met certain people, and watched in amazement at how calm they remain in the middle of a crisis. It is in those moments that I know God is moving and working in that person’s life. However, I think as humans we like having control, and it’s hard to just stand still and not want to do anything. It is in those moments when we may feel like the sky is falling that we have to just give everything to God and watch Him rescue us. It is only then that we can receive peace. It says in 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.” So any kind of confusion or chaos that you may experience in your life does not come from God because God is a God of order and peace. Being still and calm however, requires trust. We have to trust that God will rescue us. If we decide to do our own thing, and not trust Him, chances are, it won’t turn out the greatest, but with God there is no chance that He won’t come through. There is a guarantee that He will always rescue us. That is a promise God gives us when we choose to follow Him.
So whatever it is you find yourself up against in your life remember the words of Moses, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today...The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.’”