and there were the Egyptians, marching after them.”
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.
Stand firm, and you will see the deliverance
the Lord will bring you today.
The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
(Exodus 14:10, 13-14; NIV)
Trouble approaches. I see it coming, marching toward me, relentless, armed, with a singular purpose. To destroy me.
But a commanding voice urges me to stand firm, to be still. This is all I need to do to allow the Lord to fight this battle for me.
So I take my stand and make my peace (cf.KJV: “ye shall hold your peace”; Hebrew charash). Not merely being still, I am deaf and dumb to the danger, totally dependent on the Lord to be my defender and savior.
The Lord’s promise, that I will see his deliverance this very day, is fulfilled.
I see my enemy, lying dead, on the distant shore.
I see my Lord’s great power.
I am an Israelite, a former slave of Egypt who is now headed for the Promised Land. My trust is in the Lord and his servant Moses.
I am a Christian, a former slave of sin who is now headed for Eternal Life. My trust is in the Lord and his son Jesus.
Father, help me to stand still, deaf-and-dumb still, and allow you to fight my battles, to defeat the enemy who aches to destroy me. I believe wholeheartedly in your promise of deliverance from evil, from sin. I trust in you.