Yes, I’m writing about Moses. Why not throw some of his story in here too? Mainly, I’m writing about Moses because I read this verse in the Tawrat, or the Old Testament, or the Torah, depending on how you like it.
It was strikingly fitting.
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”
You need only to be still.
Do you know where Moses was when he said this? He was between the Red Sea and a raging army of furious Egyptians, recently deprived of all their slaves, and led by Pharaoh, father of a recently dead son.
This might have been a good time for the people to brandish their swords, to pick up stones from the desert, and to work on their aim. It might have been a good time for Moses to give a moving sermon on how evil Pharaoh was, to describe a caricature offensive enough to stir the people to bloody passion.
Instead he advocates stillness.
Let God fight for you. Let God defend you and protect you.
Because your honor is not what is at stake here, O ex-slaves of Egypt. Your life is not ultimately even what is at stake here. God’s own honor, the glory of his name is what is at stake and he is able to defend himself.
He is able.
Moses and the people waited, probably in terror and doubt. Then, with the swirling dust clouds of horses and chariots swelling ever closer, there came a thundering roar from the sea. A wall of water rose up, on both sides. Maybe fish flapped around on the bottom or maybe they bounced against an invisible wall in the mountain of water.
The people tucked up their tunics, grabbed toddlers and sheep and baskets of food, and ran. When the last one had crossed on dry ground and they were safe, the wall of water fell. When the chariots of their pursuers entered the sea, the wall of water fell and when it fell, it drowned them all.
Later in that same chapter is this beauty: “…I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots, and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
What did the people do?
They were still. And when the signal came, they ran for their lives.
What did God do?
Demonstrated his power and defended himself.
Who got the glory?
The Lord will give for you, you need only to be still.
How will you encourage stillness today?