Stand Still and See God Work
Exodus 14:13, 14
September 23, 2007
INTRODUCTION: The emphasis on my message this morning is what God can and will do when we remove ourselves from the picture and watch Him work on our behalf. Keep in mind; when anything worth value is accomplished in our lives, it has been God who has done it and not we, ourselves.
In Psalm 44:3, Israel was reminded that all their victories had come from the Lord and not from their own strength: "For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them."
This morning, I want us to see what God can do when we are willing to do three things:
I. Stand Still
II. Stand Aside
III. Stand Fast
I. STAND STILL
God said to Job, "Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God." (Job 37:14).
When Moses led God's people out of Egypt, the Egyptians were hot on their trail. The Bible says in Exodus 14:10, "And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord."
What were they to do? They had no weaponry. They had no chariots, and though Israel had over 600,000 men (12:37), they were no match for the trained and hardened soldiers of Pharaoh's army.
It's hard to imagine what it must have been like to face such circumstances--to have the Red Sea before you and Pharaoh's army behind you and no way to escape. The Bible says in (vs. 10b), "...they cried out unto the Lord."
I think there are some valuable lessons we can learn from this story--some things we can apply to our lives when we are faced with what seems to be impossible odds:
A. We are to Stand Bravely
1. In (vs. 10), it says, "...and they were sore afraid." May I just ...
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