On Friday we looked at the “Instruction” contained within Exodus 14:13—“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.” Today we will complete our two-part message by looking at the “Inspiration” contained within this wonderful verse.
God is in the business of delivering His people out of seemingly hopeless situations. He has been doing this since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and He will continue until the return of Jesus. Whatever Red Sea you might be facing today, remember the commandment of God: “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.”
The world will whisper, “It cannot be done,” but pay no attention! It may well be impossible for man, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). God takes obstacles and turns them into opportunities; He takes problems and turns them into possibilities; He takes what is broken and makes it whole. When God led you on your exodus from death to life, He was simply underscoring the glorious truth sung by the chorus of heaven: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:10). And He expects you to look to Him for your deliverance today.
The world will whisper, “Retreat and go back where you came from,” but pay no attention! When the going got tough, the Israelites wanted to go back to Egypt where their taskmasters provided food for them. Just days before, they had been groaning under the yoke of slavery; now they were willing to forfeit their freedom for food. But this is not for you.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The freedom we have in Christ is far greater than anything this world has to offer. The provision we receive from our heavenly Father far surpasses the worldly baubles dangled before us, for “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22). As my friend and pastor Tullian likes to say, “Jesus plus nothing equals everything . . . and everything minus Jesus equals nothing!”
One final thought: when God says, “Stand still,” He is telling you to prepare to walk into your deliverance. The instruction to “stand” implies a posture of readiness. If God had said “sit” or “kneel” or “lie down,” it would not have the same force. But when God says “stand,” He is telling us to be ready and alert to receive our marching orders. When they come, we are to march with confidence and joy into our promised land. Make no mistake, God is in the business of bringing His people to such a place where the only way out is up. When you find yourself in that seemingly impassible place, remember His Word: “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” That way, God gets 100% of the glory . . . and you get 100% of the blessing!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!