Be Still

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

When we are undergoing trials, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes God’s provision seems to be hiding, and we focus on His lack as opposed to his everlasting faithfulness. This year has been so difficult at App, and sometimes it feels overwhelming-like there’s a new hardship knocking on my door each week. It is so hard for me to give up control, and place it in Jesus’ hands. Because of my humanness, I feel as if controlling my fate is imperative, and cannot seem to trust a being that requires faith to see.

Yet, though my trust is limited, God is still an overwhelmingly good God. He loves His children with an all-redeeming love, and will always provide.

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 

Today, I was grumpy with Jesus. I was feeling overcome with emotion, and was focusing mostly on the negative aspects of my life. Then God put Exodus 14:14 in my path, and I started reading the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea.

The Israelites were grumblers and complainers, full of doubts about God’s ability to lead. (They remind me a lot of myself) While they were nervous about God providing a way to escape the angry Pharaoh and his army, Moses commanded them to simply “be still.” Be STILL!? In the midst of impending doom, facing an ocean more vast than they had ever seen? That seems crazy to me, and it probably seemed crazy to them.

However, what Moses was referring to was giving up the struggle for control. Jesus had already planned to part the Red Sea, and He simply needed them to Follow, Rest in His presence, and Understand that He had a perfect plan. When they decided to follow blindly, the Lord moved mightily.

What are you facing that seems as overwhelming as the Red Sea? Though our trials may not be as physically taxing as walking through water, they are still taxing. Jesus wants to help you overcome them, no matter how insignificant they may seem. He wants to take control, and re-assure you that it is all taken care of. You need only to be still.

“He says, Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:10

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