Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.” You may find yourself at a time in your life where all you can do, is just be still and know that GOD IS GOD! Your situation may seem hopeless, and you may feel overwhelmed and alone. And at times whatever you are facing cannot be helped by mortal man. Even with loving and caring friends and family you still feel all alone. It is in these times that God comes on the scene and does what no one else can.
“The Isaacs” have a song that describes this fact beautifully:
The Father has a plan, though it's hard to see it now.
You feel you're walking all alone, but he is there no doubt.
When the storm around you rages, and you're tossed to and fro
When you're faced with life's decisions, not sure which way to go
Stand still and let God move, standing still is hard to do.
When you feel you have reached the end,
he'll make a way for you
Stand still and let God move.
In these times where we “stand still” we will see God move in mighty ways. A friend of mine told me that “God has to be experienced because he cannot be explained” I want us to look at God’s performance in the life of the Children of Israel and preach on the thought “Stand Still”.
As we arrive at our selected text, At this point in history, the Children of Israel have been released from the strong hand of Pharaoh. God has delivered them from 400 years of slavery and oppression in Egypt. They had begun a new journey of hope and great expectation. But after traveling for a while they find themselves in a discouraging situation.
In front of them is the great Red Sea
To the left is a mountain
To the right, another mountain
Behind them are Pharaoh & the Egyptian army.
Not only are their enemies behind them, they are approaching fast. On the surface, they are TRAPPED. They find themselves in a situation that seems hopeless. As a result they go to Moses and cry out to him… venting their frustrations so to speak. Moses responds in a way they never could have expected. With the enemy approaching and the “walls closing in” Moses tells them to “Stand Still”
Look with me to verse 13 -
How do you respond when you are struggling with:
A rebellious child
A sick relative
A terminal diagnosis
A financial hardship that only seems to get worse
A marriage that is bound for divorce
And many other issues that I may have failed to mention.
What do you do …what is the proper response? I submit to you that your only option may simply be to “stand still” I would like to see 4 occasions when you may find that God wants you to “Stand Still” The first occasion I would like to examine is:
When Trouble Approaches, Stand Still!
Vs. 10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them;
The Children of Israel knew the enemy well. They knew his strength and power. They also grasped the gravity of their situation. They were surrounded. They couldn’t go forward, backward or to either side. They were unarmed and had no logical chance of defending themselves against this army of Egyptians. They were at a place where they could only look up and that is where they would find their deliverance.
Your Troubles May Be Intimidating -
Your Troubles May Be Intense
Vs. 10 children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them
When Israel saw their troubles coming toward them, what did they see? Look with me to – Vs. 7-
When we see troubles coming over the hill and it seems that we have no hope and nowhere to run then we will experience fear in our hearts and lives. There is an answer for that fear:
When Fears Appear, Stand Still!
Vs. 10 and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
We are told that the Children of Israel were “sore afraid” this means that they were exceedingly terrified. One definition reads “frightened out of one's wits” They did not know if they were going to be delivered. Let’s be honest, the odds didn’t look to good! They were thinking that they would be: Captured, Enslaved or killed. So here you are, in the same situation the Children of Israel were in.
There is trouble:
On the left
On the right
In front of you
You are gripped with fear, the circumstance you are facing may change your life forever. Some things may go back to “normal” and some may not. You don’t know where to go from here. Your heart, your mind …your life is consumed with the fear of the unknown. What can you do?? …“Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” You say “Preacher, that sounds all well and good but troubles are coming, and I am consumed with fear, and I doubt that the Lord will hear or respond to me?” Well Friend:
When Doubts Arise, Stand Still!
The fear we just examined, there it is! -
I am talking about things that did not go the way you wanted them to.
Some of you have lost spouses
Some have buried children
Some have been diagnosed with terminal illness
Some have families who are facing unimaginable difficulties as we speak.
You are in a valley that you don’t know if you will ever come out of. And if you are honest you doubt the Lord. Maybe some will be honest enough to admit that you not only doubt the lord, you blame him for what you are enduring. You are hurting and you just want to know what to do… Friend, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”
At this point there has been no physical harm to the Children of Israel. The troubles that approached, the fear that appeared and the doubt that arose all came as a result of what they saw coming. Things are about to intensify. The enemy is getting closer and ready to launch their assault.
Friend, you may see trouble coming, you may possess fear, the fear may bring doubt and even then things MAY GET WORSE! I want you to see in verse 13-
When Enemies Attack, Stand Still!
I want you to see something very interesting about this situation. The Lord directed Moses to take the Children of Israel to this place where they are now surrounded. Exodus 14:1-
Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom so you can find that Jesus is the rock at the bottom!
Here we are… SHOWTIME!!!! The enemies are pursuing, things look bleak and dim and hopeless. I want to show you through God’s Word how God’s CHILREN CAN FACE UNBEATABLE ODDS AND DO SO BY SIMPLY STANDING STILL:
God told Moses to take his staff and raise his hand over the Red Sea. The water would divide so the Israelites could pass over. God inspired the Egyptians to charge after the Children of Israel. Then the angel of God, the pillar & the cloud that had been leading Israel moved to the rear of the camp. Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord sent a wind and opened up the water so they could pass over. Not only did they pass over, they passed on dry land! Then the Egyptians -
Look to Vs. 26-
Friend, when your enemies come against you… STAND STILL! God has a plan
You may be powerless but he is all powerful
You may be helpless but he is a great help in a time of need
You may be fearful but he is fearless
You may be troubled but he will be triumphant
Though you are in the midst of the storm, though you are surrounded on every side … He is telling you to “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!!”
When the enemy surrounds you, And the walls are closing in
When the tide is swiftly rising, And you wonder where he's been
friend, there never was a moment, that his arms weren't reaching out.
You can rest assured and be secure, God is moving right now.
Stand still and let God move, Standing still is hard to do
When you feel you have reached the end,
He'll make a way for you
Stand still and let God move