Exodus 14:13-14(NIV): Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Exodus 14:13-14 (NASB): But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
I constantly struggle with this text on being still or quiet and allowing God to work in my life. Being raised to believe that hard work and effort is important, it is often difficult to just do nothing.
We often pray for God to accomplish something specific in our lives and it’s only natural to feel that you have failed to “do something” when that prayer goes unanswered. We believe that we must help God in some way in order for our prayer to be answered. God’s timing is far different from our idea and concept of time, so we must be “still” or “silent” quite often and allow God to do his work through us and in us.
It’s difficult to be “still” or “silent” in a world filled with so much noise and distractions. Even when I intentionally try to tune out the world, I often get distracted or off track. The evil one tries to take advantage of every opportunity to prevent us from hearing God. He wants us to believe that because we can’t hear God that He is either not there or just doesn’t care about us. So we must pray the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples when he prayed, “deliver us from evil.” We must resist the whisperings and temptations of the enemy through the remarkable power of our risen Christ. God wants us to hear him through his word and through prayer.
In reading God’s word we can most certainly “hear” God. When you open up and focus on God’s word, the Holy Spirit can and will speak to you through what you are reading. I am often led to a specific scripture that is meaningful for that very day, and that doesn’t happen time and time again by accident.
And when we pray, we must resist the temptation to use a lot of words, or even any words at all. Remember that God already knows what we are going to ask for, so we must trust God and listen for him to speak to us in prayer through the Holy Spirit. For me, this is difficult. I often want to help God and speed up the process. This is when God has to remind me that unless whatever I am praying for is from God, it will not succeed anyway. So I must be “still” and “silent” and allow God to lead me where he would have me to go. Be “still” and be “silent” and trust completely in God!