Imagine standing before the Red Sea. The sound of the rushing water rings in your ears. To the right and to the left of you are mountains covered with jagged rocks, impossible to climb even for a seasoned climber. You look at all the people you’ve been traveling with since you left Egypt. There are at least a million and the thunderous vibration of horse hooves pound the ground beneath your feet. Death is in front of you; it is on both sides of you; it is behind you.
Exodus 14:14, “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Your leader, Moses, calls out to you; but everything in you screams out to panic. How could this possibly work out?
Some of you are standing before the Red Sea now, feeling very much like the Israelites. Fear can be crippling. Its grip can paralyze your thoughts and make it impossible to think clearly or even at times function. But, if as Moses said, “The Lord Himself will fight for you…” what do we have to fear?
As I’m writing this devotion, I am thinking of many of the people in our congregation who are facing some heavy decisions; major obstacles; difficult waters. Storms are brewing all over. You have nothing to fear. “The Lord Himself will fight for you… Just stay calm.”
What is staying calm? Staying calm or being silent or standing still, as many of the translations indicate, is all about being assured God will not leave your side. It’s about trusting Him, reading His Word for special instructions, and turning the problem over to Him. Do what you know to do and leave the rest to Him. Speak confidently, even when you do not feel confident, that God is taking care of every detail. He has gone before you. It is all worked out.
He loves you. Whatever you are facing, He will rescue you. He will help you. He WILL fight for you. Just stay calm.