Watering the Word:
10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.
The favorite clincher of the day: The Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, the one who put the moon in place and formed Mt. Everest for pleasure, THAT guy, will fight for you. And the only requirement? That you be silent. Some translations say ” you have to only be still.”
Silent. Still. Both require stopping. Both require watching, waiting, listening, believing that there are bigger greater things to hear than the incessant voices of Hurry and Worry.
Words and Worry are overrated. I either belong to God, or I don’t. He is either Good, or he’s not. He either loves me or He doesn’t.
There are, and there will always be giants in the land – real Boogey men that whisper real threats of real loss and follow up with real Red Sea road blocks. Safe, predictable slavery can seem oh so preferable when we glance the way of fear. But God says,
Be still and know that I am God.
Fear not, stand firm and see …
Snuggle close to the heartbeat of the One who lies resting in your rocking boat.
He says, “Still your heart. Stop your words and listen to mine. You can choose faith, or you can choose fear, I will stay with you either way…
but I will keep bringing you back here to this place of stopping. I want to make you unstoppable, but you must first stop, be still and believe that I love you.
I have a promised land waiting for your taking.
Choose this day, whom you will believe…
Lord, as surely as you are worthy of my heart, and my praise… so also you are worthy of my awestruck silence and trust.