“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13).
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 upon the right hand and on the left.
What is he now to do?
God’s Word to him is “stand still.”
It will be well for him if, at such times, he listens only to his Lord’s Word-
– for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions.
Pessimism whispers, “Lie down and give up.”
But God would have us put on a cheerful courage.
And even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.
Phobia says, “Retreat; go back to Egypt; it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.”
But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you-
– you cannot follow him, if you are a child of God.
What if for a while you are called to stand still; yet this is but to renew your strength for some greater advance in due time.
Precipitancy cries, “Do something; stir yourself; and waiting 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.
Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it, and expect a miracle.”
But faith hears God say:
“Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands.
Keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice!
God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward!’
In times of uncertainty, wait.
Always, if you have any doubt, wait.
Do not force yourself to any action.
If you have a restraint in your spirit-
– wait until all is clear,
– and do not go against it.
Wait for His Word!
You shall go forward!!