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Thought for the Day by Don Bawtree (BH Member)
13 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
The Israelites have got out of Egypt, but within a few days, they find themselves trapped by the Pharoah’s army, with their backs to the sea, facing a scary future.
A bit like us, they have abruptly left a way of life they have known for generations, and found themselves in a different and scary place. Their old occupations had gone, their home life had changed unrecognisably, and they were facing life threatening danger.
And in that situation, Moses speaks to them in the words of Exodus 14 v 14. He says “stand firm…the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”
Imagine what it was like in the Israelite camp. What did it mean to be still? Maybe the young men didn’t have much to do, but the babies still needed feeding, the goats still needed milking, the latrines still needed cleaning! Not everyone could be still, surely?
It’s a bit the same for us now. Some of us find ourselves furloughed and not allowed to work, others are lonely and worried and bored, others are getting out and about, or busy on line, or have their hands full coping with locked down families. But, whether or not we are busy, we are all called to be still.
And that simply means, whatever our situation, we stand firm, with stilled hearts before the Lord. Being still means seeing life in perspective, understanding who God is, and realising that we don’t need to panic like the people of Israel did.
For the people of God there is nothing to fear: we can stand. We can do that because the Lord is fighting for us, and he will appear as surely as the coming dawn. Let’s share that great comfort – our hope is not just in the NHS or the scientists, it is in the name of the Lord who brings deliverance.
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