Iíve heard many sermons preached on this scripture, but it wasnít until recently that the Lord showed me something in this passage. Perhaps the message is just for me, but if you have ever found yourself in the midst of circumstances and there seemed no way out; or perhaps you are standing at this moment at the brink of your sanity, then you might want to read on.
Recently I found myself in an incredible situation. It seemed that all hope was lost and felt, as if it couldnít get much worse. Regardless, of what I tried, where I went, how I applied everything Iíd ever learned, NOTHING worked. Of course, when I really got down to the nitty-gritty, I was working with my natural, physical abilities.
I am just like every other mother on the face of the earth. I love my kids and when one of them is in danger, my first response is to fix things. But what if you just canít fix it. I love my daughter, but that didnít change her drug addiction. I supported my daughter, but she was still in bondage. I searched resources for help, but she remained under the influence of mind-altering narcotics. I even went as far as to take her away for a while, and yet she is still addicted.
The response engineered within a motherís heart is to fix. But this situation had surpassed a hug and a bowl of chicken soup. My family was in a desperate situation and needed a miracle. There was no energy left to run after her, follow her or worry.
The children of Israel were in a similar situation. They had been miraculously delivered from the land of bondage. Can you imagine how they must have felt? The victory they must have sensed deep within. The rejoicing and the excitement as they were able to walk out of Egypt unharmed. In fact, people once crippled were healed and walking without aid. They didnít carry stretchers out of the land. Those people walked out.
And then they turned the corner.
And they faced the Red Sea. If that wasnít bad enough, the people in the back of the crowd had the Egyptians breathing down their necks. Fear must have spread like wild fire. Knowing the history of these people, it is real easy to imagine the chaos that ensued. They grumbled and complained. Iím sure word spread quickly that Moses had gone and done it now.
Can you comprehend? Can you feel the fear? If weíre honest, we can point our finger at the children of Israel because they lacked faith, but truth be known, weíve all done or still doing the same thing. When we are backed into a situation, fear rises! Fear creates worry and worry creates chaos.
But Moses spoke to the people! STAND STILL AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD. They really had no choice. They either had to stop all movement and stand still or run around like proverbial chickens missing their heads and watch the slaughter take place. We know from the scripture that they chose to stand still. The front of the crowd looked out over the Sea. The back portion of the crowd felt the warm breath of the enemy breathing down their necks. And they chose to stand still!
Now, this in itself is a message. Iíll elaborate just a moment before going on. I can speak from experience. A few weeks ago I found myself looking down at my daughter as she was withdrawing from illegal drug use. I wanted desperately to help her but didnít know what to do. I made calls, I did research, I checked into all available resources. I DID! I was running around in circles. But, when I finally exhausted all resources and all energy, I found that I could do nothing but stand still and let God.
Today, as I write this my daughter is on the streets. She calls from time to time under the influence, babbling incoherent words. From all appearances the enemy has closed in. If I was relying on the physical appearances it would seem that all hope has been lost.
But the Lord has commanded that I STAND STILL!
And while standing there is more that I am to do! Moses didnít just tell the people to stand still; he went on to say and see the salvation of the Lord.
Did you see it?
It appeared the children were in a Ďno hopeí situation. Have you ever been there? Have you ever exhausted yourself and still nothing changed? Have you ever looked up only to see a storm engulfing your family? Have you ever felt the warm breath of the enemy as he approaches?
Something happens when we stand still in God.
Ephesians 6: 13-14a Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore . . .
But there was more.
Be still and SEE the SALVATION of the Lord!
God wanted His people to SEE past the Red Sea and the advancing enemy. He wanted them to look into a different realm. They could have easily run and created a big mess. In turning and running, the approaching enemy would have slaughtered them. But God wanted them to open their eyes and SEE what was before them.
There is something to be said about being still and seeing the salvation of the Lord. The hoof beats of the enemy turn from a threatening rhythm to a cadence that becomes our victory chant. The sea becomes a song. The mountains suddenly bring hope of something in a higher dimension.
As I was praying for my daughter, the Lord began to show me that I must look past the natural eyes, and must recognize that the enemy has attempted to destroy my child, my family and myself, but GOD has other plans.
I am guilty of limiting God because of what I see. I see an addiction. I see bondage. I see anger. I see sexual perversion. I see lies. I see a child worn, abused, and torn. I see a vessel that the enemy has thought was his all along. But when I STAND STILL AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD the perspective changes. I feel the vibration of the enemyís troops. I hear the sound of the army. It grows closer. But as I stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord. I suddenly understand that the army of the Lord has taken over.
Revelation 19:12-14 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Hear the rhythm of the army? It is the rhythm of the victory chant. Now you can laugh in the face of the enemy as you dance in victory. You see the people on the front lines had to take the first step. They had to take the step of faith and step into that sea. The people behind them had to push in.
For a moment, not a moment in our time, but a moment in Godís time, He says to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. See what He is doing. It doesnít matter what the circumstances look like. It doesnít matter how they appear. It doesnít matter how loud the enemyís army has become. When you stand still in faith and see God is our Redeemer, God is our Salvation, Healer, and our VICTORY. He is the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH and the battle has already been won, suddenly the mourning has turned to rejoicing, because you know that God will split the sea if necessary. He will move mountains if need be. He will not forsake His people.
Satan is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Our Redeemer is the Lion of The Tribe of Judah! Victory has been won. The victory is ours. We must stand, but for a moment, and SEE the Salvation of the Lord.
::::very, very long exhale:::: Okay. That really ministered to me a LOT! That gives a whole new meaning to "...by faith and not by sight." THANK YOU! I'm sure glad you posted these things way back when.
Jounda, I want you to know that faith just emanates from this article. What a joy and encouragement to read. Yes, I believe that I am in a point in my life also where I need to just stand still and see the salvation of God. Thank you so much for sharing this! Blessings, Sharon