Exodus 14-15, Matthew 17 • Key Verse: Exodus 14:13
In Exodus 14 Moses told the people, “Don’t just do something. Stand there!” Those were not his exact words, but they might make us stop to look more closely at the account of the parting of the Red Sea.
It is easy to miss what it meant for the Israelites when Moses said, “Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today” (v. 13). It meant that they had to stand still and do nothing, even though Pharoah’s army was pursuing, they were fleeing, and the Red Sea was in the way!
Notice how long they had to stand still—all night. What a long night that must have been. Pursued and pinned in, they had no escape. God could have delivered them immediately, but He chose not to. Instead, He taught them to trust Him. They were not given anything to do but to wait.
Can you stand still and wait? It is hard sometimes not to do something. Salvation comes to us because Jesus did it all. Gods work in our life sometimes is the same way. We standstill, and He works while we wait.
“God, give me patience. Help me to know how to stand still, to wait on You.”
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett