A.B. Simpson – Canadian preacher, theologian, and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance – makes this profound statement: “The greatest triumph of faith is to be still and know that He is God.” He goes on the say that, “The great victory of faith is to stand before some impassable Red Sea, and hear the Master say, ‘Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.'”
Undoubtedly, we all have our Red Sea circumstances, those moments and times in our lives when the obstacles and trials before us seem unsurmountable. This was certainly the case for the Israelites.
Have you ever taken the time to really contemplate and consider what it was like for Moses and the Israelites to stand before the Red Sea, with Pharaoh and his Egyptian army of men and chariots breathing down their necks in hot pursuit (see Exodus 14)? Remember, the Israelites had just been delivered from over 400 years of slavery and bondage in Egypt. Moreover, they had seen God perform numerous miracles as He inflicted plague after plague upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians (see Exodus chs. 7–12). The last plague, the death of every firstborn in the land, including the firstborn of Pharaoh, was the plague that finally led Pharaoh to relent and let the Israelites leave Egypt. But we know from biblical history that it didn’t take long for Pharaoh to change his mind and regret his decision to let the Israelites go. Now, as Israel faces the Red Sea with Pharaoh and his army chasing hard after them, it’s no surprise that they cry out to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness” (Ex. 14:11–12, ESV). Moses’ reply is God’s word of hope and promise for all mankind: “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” (Ex. 14:13–14, NLT).
What about you? What is your Red Sea circumstance? What are you facing right now for which you need to be still before God and let Him “fight for you”?
A womb that refuses to bear a child…be still and know that He is God.
A prodigal son or daughter…be still and know that He is God.
A marriage in shambles…be still and know that He is God.
A financial crisis…be still and know that He is God.
A debilitating disease…be still and know that He is God.
Whatever your trial or heartache…be still and know that He is God.
Too often we act as though God needs our help. We wrestle with Him for some degree of control over the circumstances in our lives, striving relentlessly to make something come about through our own efforts. Yet God knows that we cannot help ourselves. This is why He tells us in His Word to be still before Him and trust Him. When we are still and quiet in God’s presence, we put ourselves in the best position possible to learn and hear from Him. Allow your heart to soak in the following words of Scripture:
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. (Ps. 37:7, ESV)
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Ps. 46:10–11, ESV)
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. (Is. 64:4, ESV)
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. (Is. 26:3–4, ESV)
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. (Ps. 62:5–8, ESV)
Every moment of every day, we must never forget God’s fundamental call to stillness before Him. No matter what you are going through, lay down your efforts and simply be still. What you discover in the stillness will transform your outlook on your “impassable Red Sea” circumstances.
God has the answer to your heart’s deepest request. Trust Him. Cry out to Him. And always remember that “the greatest triumph of faith is to be still and know that He is God.”
In God’s divine love,