Fear Not, Stand Firm

Fear Not, Stand Firm

 

Exodus 14:13-15 (ESV) ~ 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.” The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.

 

It is the great message of victory and deliverance. Note that God’s servant did not react nor strike out against the complainers and his accusers. With great composure of mind, Moses shouted out three challenges to the people of God.

 

  • Fear not (Exodus 14:13). Picture the scene. There were God’s people confronted by a raging sea in front of them and a raging army behind them. Thousands and thousands of soldiers, horsemen, and chariots were marching toward them, and there was no place to flee. They were hemmed in. How could they not fear? A terrifying fear would be a normal reaction in facing such an impossible situation. But there was God’s messenger shouting out: “Fear not!”

 

  • The second challenge to God’s people was a most difficult thing to do: stand still—stand firm—and watch the salvation of the Lord (Exodus 14:13-14). Imagine! Standing there were God’s people with the mightiest army in the world marching down upon them. What would their natural reaction be? To flee, to get away, to run wherever they could. But there was God’s leader shouting out, “Be still—stand firm—watch the salvation of the Lord.”

 

  • When a severe problem confronts us, a problem that seems to have no solution, what is the natural tendency of our hearts? Often to flee, to get away, to run wherever we can.

 

  • But this is not God’s way. God’s way is to stand still, stand firm: watch the salvation of the Lord. God wants to deliver us. We must, therefore, stand firm, not give up, cave in, nor flee away. We must be stedfast: stand still, wait upon God’s mighty arm to save and deliver us.

 

  • The third challenge in facing problems is a surprising challenge. Stop crying out to God and complaining: arise, go forward, move on (Exodus 14:15). Moses had just proclaimed a stirring challenge to the people: “Do not fear, stand still; believe God; watch the salvation of the Lord.” But as soon as Moses completed his challenge, he walked over to his tent and became gripped with fear himself. He obviously become despondent and hopeless, gripped by a terrifying sense of helplessness. But note what happened: God met His dear servant’s need. God told Moses in no uncertain terms: “Why are you crying out to me? Stop crying! Get up! Arise! Tell the people to go forward!” And Moses did.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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