Stand Still

18 Jan
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you to-day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”
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 up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s words to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions.
Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.
Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God.
Precipitancy cries, “Do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait 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 listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands.
“Stand still” – keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.” – Charles Spurgeon
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10 Responses to “Stand Still”

  1. Stephanie A. January 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    Thanks for this post, Sarah. Standing still right now, it blessed me.

  2. Anonymous January 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    Amen! Thank you for the encouragement! Today was a day when I needed that. 🙂
    ~Kirsten

  3. Cattlemans Daughter January 18, 2008 at 11:16 pm #

    What a loving God we serve! When we have done all we know to do, we must stand and look at the cross, give it all to HIM and let HIM lead us in the paths we are to go! 🙂 What peace that brings!!!

    My sisters just recieved there harp in the mail, and they are thrilled! They have already been able to play a few songs, though it needs to be tuned just a little. 🙂 It is so pretty and they are excited about learning more about it. Thank you for all your help!!

  4. Ron and Shelly January 19, 2008 at 2:48 am #

    ha. Yes. It can. Sometimes it just seems impossible…..
    Colossians is coming along quite swimmingly. I’m on verse 8…but I’m not quite sure I can quote through. That’s this evening’s project. 🙂

  5. alabasterboxblog January 19, 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    Wow. What a beautiful encouragement based on the loving command of our Lord…

    “Stand still” is a position quickly discarded by many in this world, for I goes against our culture and our flesh.

    Thanks for this great message!

    Kaysie

  6. Bluebells and Violets January 19, 2008 at 7:12 pm #

    That is as beautiful photo, so peaceful.

  7. Robin January 19, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    Sara, thank you for this and the one before it, “Whom God Commendeth.” I needed to read these. What a blessing and encouragement this blog is!! 🙂 Love you!

  8. Anonymous January 20, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    Sara, this is just what I needed.
    Lately as I told you, I have been
    seeing how I could get a horse that
    woule not use up all my savings. I
    relized that now would not be a good time before I even got my parents yes or no. I now feel more
    content now than I ever have with
    not having a horse and my faith has
    been raised in knowinh that the Lord will bring a horse in His time if at all. I know that through Him all things are possible through Him in His time and I rejoice in that even more . Your blog has been such a blessing to me, thant you soooo much
    fondly,
    !April Olivia!

  9. A HEART OF PRAISE January 22, 2008 at 2:08 am #

    Thank you so much for the encouragement. Wonderful post!

  10. Heather January 25, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these encouraging words! I need to be reminded to simply ‘stand still’ in many areas of my life and look to Him alone.

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