Stand still!

The miracle at the Red Sea is a fitting segue into today’s recharge.  The Israelites left Egypt unharmed via God’s protection and providence, but at the Red Sea, they were trapped between a “rock and a hard place.”  As the Israelites’ concern reached its peak, Moses confidently said, “Don’t be afraid.  Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today.  The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again” (Exodus 14:13, New Living Translation).  Imagine the rebuttal circulating among the Israelites: “Have you lost your mind, Moses?  If we don’t run, we’ll surely die!”  But the statement that seemed crazy was correct; when they stood still, God eliminated their enemies.

In the verse cited above, however, Elijah chose the opposing alternative.  When Jezebel disclosed her intentions to kill Elijah, he ran.  And, boy, did he run; he ended up over 80 miles away from his problem!  That’s how we often respond to our problems.  Instead of waiting on God, we run by denying the problem, devoting our time to other endeavors, or worrying ourselves sick.

If you’re thinking about running from your problems, then please note: running doesn’t solve anything.  As a matter of fact, your trials will be waiting for you when you return.  Instead of running, stand still and await victory.  Trust God to work in your favor just like He always has!