Don’t Just Do Something….Stand There!

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Did you have to read the title twice to understand it?

When I was a kid, my mom always said the opposite.  She always said, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”  She was implying that I needed to move my tail to help in the situation.

Moses said the same thing: Don’t Just Do Something….Stand There!

‘But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid.  Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.  The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.  The LORD himself will fight for you.  Just stay calm.”  Exodus 14:13, 14

What events surrounded this backward way of thinking?  Well, the Israelites were essentially being chased by the Egyptian army–600 charioteers–coming full force to destroy them.

Can you imagine the panic?  They did.

“Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness?  Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt?  What have you done to us?  Why did you make us leave Egypt?  Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt?  We said, ‘Leave us alone!  Let us be slaves to Egyptians.  It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!”  Exodus 14: 11, 12

What would you have done?

I probably would have done the same thing plus I probably would have royally wet my pants and curled in a ball hoping it would all go away.

I/we think we can take care of things, but for me when I “take care of things”, things get worse.

But Moses responded differently….all that he had heard and believed came to a head as he stood in complete faith knowing that what God said all along would come to pass.

What panicked situation are you facing?  Does it seem that the world is against you and your back is against the wall?

What do you do?

Our flesh says to fight back.  Our flesh says to give up.  Our flesh says there is no way out.  Our flesh makes us think unreasonably.

Don’t be afraid.

Just stand still.

Don’t do anything in your own strength…Apart from Jesus you can do nothing.

Watch the LORD rescue you today.

The LORD himself will fight for you.

Just stay calm.

Do you believe the same God who rescued from the pit of despair and hell can help you fight the battle you are facing?

Be a Moses ….. respond differently….up to this point in your life all that you have heard and believed comes to a head as you stand in complete  faith knowing that what God said all along will come to pass.

He will never forsake you or leave you.



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