“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” —Exodus 14:13
I was at a real crossroads in my life. I was to lead a team from our Bible School to plant a church in Sacramento, California. There was only one problem, I felt in my heart I wasn’t supposed to go. Our team was packed and ready to go for a two month tree-planting trip to raise money for the church plant. It was Sunday afternoon, the day before we left, when I received a word from the Lord from Dick Mills. He said, “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord”. I knew in my heart this was from the Lord. I went to my pastors and told them what was going on. It was hard to tell my leaders and even harder to tell the team but I was learning to listen to the Lord. Thankfully, the elders of our church decided to take three days to get away with me to seek the Lord. I was learning to “Stand still”. At the end of our fasting and praying it was clear to all of us I was to return to New Orleans to take over our ministry there which ultimately became Victory Fellowship. Standing still has become a life long experiment for me. It is better to be still than to try to do things we are incapable of doing. Enjoy these thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions… Precipitancy cries, “do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once—we must do it so we think—instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything….“Stand still”;—keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long here God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”
There is a huge difference when the Lord says go forward. Instead of struggling with our limited human resources, we are advancing in the power and the provision of God. What a huge advantage. Stand still and see the mighty hand of God work on your behalf.