Saturday, July 23, 2011

Standing your Ground

But Moses told the people, "Don't be afraid.  Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you...the Lord himself will fight for you.  You won't have to lift a finger in your defense.  Exo. 14:13-14

   A growling dog with teeth barred is charging.  What should you do?  Your mind says, stand still, but your emotions tell you to get away.  Standing your ground in the face of threatening circumstances may be the hardest thing you're ever called upon to do.

   The children of Israel faced such a situation when they came to the Red Sea.  The ground was shaking with the rumble of the many Egyptian chariots closing in upon them.  They turned in terror to Moses and he said, "Do not fear!  Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord..."  I'm sure they thought, Are you serious, Moses?  We're about to be overtaken and you want us to stand here and do nothing.

   What would you have thought?  How would you have responded?  The growling dog is getting closer.  Can't wait much longer.  It is now or never.

   When you face threatening situations are you willing to stand still and trust the Lord?  When the pay check doesn't come.  When you child is sick.  When you are misunderstand and falsely accused.  When life isn't fair do you reach out by faith and trust the Lord to come to your defense?

   The Psalmist said, "But you, O Lord, are a shield to me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head high."  (Psalm 3:3)  Stand fast and trust the one who is already fighting for you.

Thought for the Day: God is the best offensive and defensive player on the team of life.  

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