6.24.2008

Stand Still

'Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord' -Exodus 14:13

These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand an on the left; what is he now to do? The Master's word to him is, 'Stand still' It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master's word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, 'Lie down and die; give it all up'. But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, 'Retreat; go back to the worlding's way of action; you cannot play the Christian's part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles'. But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn these from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew they strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, 'Do something. Stir yourself;  to stand still and wait is sheer idleness'. We must be doing something at once - we must do it so we think - instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle'. But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still', and  immoveable as a rock it saints. 'Stand still'; keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, 'Go forward'.

-Charles Spurgeon, Morning & Evening

3 comments:

CountryGal said...

Stand still and listen to God speak. That's hard to do. But, if God commands it, He will give me the grace to do it and to do it in faith. I've had to stand still before the Lord a lot lately. Actually, I've been kneeling still. :) Every time I come to Him in humility, pleading for help and grace, He always answers me. Even when I don't come in humility, He's still patient with me and always brings me back to the cross. So, He ends up humbling me one way or the other. :) Humility, obedience, and faith seem to be the themes right now. God is at work though. And He's allowing me to see His gracious, wonderful work. Thank You, God! He doesn't have to show me how He's working. How good, kind, and glorious my Savior is. All glory to His name. All boasting is in Him.

CountryGal said...

Oh! Thanks for posting this, Jess. And thanks for making me read it. ;)

YellerDaisies said...

;-) So glad it served you!