Don’t be afraid; just stand where you are

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Don’t be afraid; just stand where you are and watch the Lord will rescue you.

The people were hostile and despairing, but Moses encouraged them to watch the wonderful way God would rescue them. Moses had a positive attitude! When it looked as if they were trapped, Moses called upon God to intervene. We may not be chased by an army, but we may still feel trapped. Instead of giving in to despair, we should adopt Moses’ attitude to “stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you.”

The Lord told Moses to stop praying and get moving! Prayer must have a vital place in our lives, but there is also a place for actions. Sometimes we know what to do, but we pray for more guidance as an excuse to postpone doing it. If we know what we should do, then it is time to get moving. (NLT)

Exodus 14:10-18 – As Pharaoh and his army approached, the people of Israel could see them in the distance, marching toward them. The people began to panic, and they cried out to the Lord for help.

Then they turned against Moses and complained, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us leave? Didn’t we tell you to leave us alone while we were still in Egypt? Our Egyptian slavery was far better than dying out here in the wilderness!”

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you. The Egyptians that you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. You won’t have to lift a finger in your defense!”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Use your shepherd’s staff—hold it out over the water, and a path will open up before you through the sea. Then all the people of Israel will walk through on dry ground. Yet I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will follow the Israelites into the sea. Then I will receive great glory at the expense of Pharaoh and his armies, chariots, and charioteers. When I am finished with Pharaoh and his army, all Egypt will know that I am the Lord!”

Quoted verse: The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still. – Exodus 14:14 (NRSV)

“Story” – Adam Benson (North Carolina, USA) titled his story “BE STILL;” here is a portion of Adam’s story:

“My friend went white-water rafting with a small group, and . . . she was tossed out of the raft and into a turbulent part of the river called a weir. Her natural instinct was to fight against the current and try to swim to the top, but she had been coached by her rafting instructor beforehand that the way to survive a fall into a weir is to be still. In this very tense moment, she remembered her instructor’s words; she remained still, and the current spit her out.

“. . . Sometimes, when I’m experiencing turbulent waters in my own life, I find being still to be one of the most difficult things in the world. When . . . the Israelites felt that their lives were about to end, Moses’ word to them was, ‘Be still.’ When we’re confronted with life’s challenges, our impulse is often to fight back or maybe to give up. But being still shows our trust that God is bigger than our challenges and that even when we are uncertain, God is faithful to us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Because I trust God, I can remain calm in the midst of crisis.

Prayer: Dear God, in times of trial and doubt when we feel helpless, teach us to trust you. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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