"Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14 ESV)
The temperatures have dropped. The battle in my head is real, trying to convince me to “just skip the workout, today.” But, I know what lies out there and that is what helps me grab that extra layer, pull my beanie over my ears, and pull on those gloves. The trails are all mine, the place to sweat out my battles, the place of communing with my God, silencing the noises and finally hearing His quiet voice again. No, I don’t hear any audible voices, but in the stillness God speaks to me. For the past months I have been looking for God to intervene, but the waiting continues. It has been tough; my heart yearns for answers. My temptation is to take things into my own hands and bring some closure to my prayers, to silence the never-ending going around and around of what is, what should be, but isn’t. “Come on, God, just do this or that, and we can lay this to rest, right?” But He keeps telling me, “I got this! TRUST ME!” It brought my thoughts back to the story of the Israelites in Exodus 14. The Israelites have been delivered from Egyptian slavery, but now Pharaoh and his armies are pursuing them. The Red Sea is in front of them. It seems there is no hope. When they complain to Moses, he explains to them that they are not to fear. This “winter” in my heart is allowed by Him, as a time to be silent; a time to get away from the noise; a time to experience the power of the Lord; a time to see the waters divided; and see His glory. I hope that someday soon, I will never need to see my Egyptians again. Warmly in Christ,
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15 ESV)
What are your Egyptians?
What do you hear your Heavenly Father telling you over and over these days?
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. How is that “being silent” working out for you?