I love the account of Moses in Exodus in the Bible which reminds us that God is more than capable of handling any situation or concern we may be facing. God’s people had finally been released from captivity in Egypt, they had followed His instructions and were now standing on the edge of the “Red Sea” with no way to cross. Suddenly they hear the chariots of the Egyptian army coming towards them and they were afraid for their lives and the lives of their children. They had no means of escape or defence. What are they to do? Trapped with nowhere to go stand these terrified three million people.
And that’s when trust came into play. Moses lifted his face and cried out to God “What do I do now?” The answer comes, “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which I will accomplish for you today. I, the Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14) God instructs Moses to stretch out his staff over the water and then to watch what He will do for them.
The army is fast approaching, fully armed, their swords ready to cut them down or at best return them to a life of bondage and slavery. All the prayers, all the crying out to God, all the hopes for freedom, everything now hangs in the balance. But this one man Moses stands His ground and trusts. And because He trusted the waters parted, the people passed safely through on dry ground, and the ocean engulfs the Egyptian army as God accomplishes what He has promised. “I will fight for you, and you will hold your peace”.
There have been numerous times in the last few years where God has spoken to me those same words He spoke to Moses “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which I will accomplish for you today. I, the Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14)
Trusting those words and the God who spoke them has brought me through financial difficulties and job loss, sickness in the family, anxiety, disappointment and the threat of everything we’d worked for collapsing.
A key I’ve learnt when life is screaming at you is to write down and recount all the times when God has shown His love and care for you in the past, plus when I get to the end of my list I start recounting what he’s done for others. I remember when He has shown Himself strong for me or those I know. I talk to those around me and ask them to tell of a time when God took care of them or moved in their life. It’s amazing when you start to talk to people how many awe inspiring, real life stories people have to tell.
It’s far easier to trust and hold my peace when I actively choose to remember all that God had brought me through and how He’s fulfilled His word to me. It gives me strength to stand and to hold my ground and my peace. Then I don’t have to fight, stress or struggle but merely listen, do what God says and relax and trust He has it all in His hands.
God wants you to know today that whatever you are facing you can bring it to Him and trust He will help you. He will fight for you and you can hold your peace because He is always trustworthy, consistent and faithful to complete what He has promised and started in you.
Today may you have the confidence to believe, the courage to act when you need to, the strength to remain standing when asked and the resolve to trust that what God has promised will come to pass in your life.
Prayer: Lord I thank you for your word which reveals who you are and how you show yourself strong on behalf of those who love and trust you. Help me to take the time with you today so I can remember all the good you have done and continue to do in my life and that I would continue to trust and hold my peace today. In Jesus name Amen.