And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14)
Imagine the experience: You've been freed from slavery in a foreign land, guided by the cloud of God's glory, walked through the parted Red Sea and now stand before a sea of your oppressor’s corpses swept away in the wave of God's wrath. It’s safe to say that your perception of God has just reached a new level of fear and awe.
How often do we find ourselves in awe and wonder at the greatness, grandeur and glory of God?
Perhaps we've become too busy or too distracted in our day-to-day lives to sit down and be silent with our minds meditating on the greatness of God. Little do we know that it's often in the sitting and silence where our heart begins to see.
The Israelites felt the weight of the world closing in on them, and their anxiety began to blind their eyes from seeing the big picture. They began to worry and to wonder, "Why are we here? What have you done? How are we ever going to get out of this?" And the answer they are given is something that should echo in our ears today, "Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today.... The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent."
Our rescue comes when we rest in Christ.
Too often, our circumstances cloud our perception of God. Walking in obedience to God can cause us to feel vulnerable and stretched beyond our abilities and capacities, but trust is the sword of our salvation. May we not fear the chariots of this world closing in all around us, but instead let’s step out and stand firm. Let’s learn to be silent and truly see the greatness of our God who has proven through what Christ has done that he does in fact fight for his people.