Thursday, January 30, 2014

When's the last time you stood firm and still?

 Good morning sisters-

I'm starting out today with this Bible verse.  It was posted on Facebook three times so I thought it would be worthy to put the Scripture first. Here it is.

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. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13, 14 NIV)

I was going to make this bigger but either my fingers aren't working or my iPad is not cooperating, either way, at least it's on here.  I think most people posted this in another version of the Bible but I like this one.  What does it say?  Stand firm, you will be delivered and be still.  Wow!

I normally can do one or the other but not both.  I may not be afraid but I'm anxious or I might be still  in fear.  I don't know if I ever do both very well and then to top it off believe I will be delivered.  I often find myself comparing the Israelites to myself.  Although I believe if I saw the Red Sea parted I would not doubt, how do I really know?  Not to mention if the entire Egyptian army was coming down to kill me, really, stand firm and be still?  I'm not sure I wouldn't have run for the hills.

This Scripture was what I needed today.  My life has been calm for a week or two but the boat got rocked once again last night, over nothing.  It's crazy how a simple statement can throw two people into total chaos.  So when I woke up this morning and couldn't sleep, I looked at Scripture, searched for airline tickets for my son (which are outrageous) and looked upon posts.  Exodus 14:14 came up several times and I said, "Guess that's what God wants to share with the world."  So, I'm sharing.

I don't know much but I know that life has times of great joy and great struggle.  Look at the Israelites, they were abused and slaves, released from slavery only to be rushed upon by an army and then told to stand still with bravery and faith.  And as we are told in History, the Red Sea parted and the Israelites were delivered by God.  Of course the plot thickens when they don't believe.  I hate when I'm being an Israelite.   It's just not fair.  I get so far in my walk to have the rug pulled out by my own sinful nature and then, oops, I've fallen and I can't get up.

But today, I'm standing firm.  Why?  Because this was the very first Scripture I set my eyes on.  It calls to me and reminds me that He is my deliverer and that through Him I can stand firm.  My fear is my own, it does not come from Him, it's in me.  So therefore, today I stand on the rock of my salvation, asking Christ to be with me and deliver me from my fear and my sin.  I stand still asking Him to be with me and to walk beside me.  And most importantly, I trust in Him completely.  There's not much we can trust in right now but with Hi, complete trust is warranted

I hope this Scripture brings you peace today and I'm praying that The Lord of light washes over you the way He did me.  I will not be carried by the tide of fear but through Him I find my strength.  I'm hoping you are feeling the same way.

My prayer today:

O, Lord, thank You for the power of the Internet.  Thank You that I can speak openly to my sisters and that You are near to guide us.  Thank You for loving us through this life and for always encouraging us when things become tough.  I don't know much but I do know that You are my rock, my deliverer and my peace.  Come into our lives dear Jesus and light our souls for You.  Give us courage to part the Red Sea's of life and bring peace in a world full of fear.  I never doubt You but I often doubt us.  We are a sinful people that live in a world that doesn't trust much.  Be with us today as we learn to be still, to not be afraid and to believe that You will deliver us.  We come before You with seeking hearts, minds and souls, enlighten our paths today and forgive us of our sins so that we can continue to be in Your Holy Presence.  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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