Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. — Exod 14:13
These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him—if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions.
Despair whispers, “Lie down and die—give it all up!” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.
Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid you to go from strength to strength, and so you shall, and neither death nor hell shall turn you from your course. What, if for a while you are called to stand still—yet this is but to renew your strength for some greater advance in due time.
Haste cries, “Do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once—we must do it so we think—instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something, but will do everything.
Presumption boasts, “If the sea is before you, march into it and expect a miracle.”
But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Haste but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still“—keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long before God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward!”
His camp is very great. — Joel 2:11
Consider, my soul, the mightiness of the Lord who is your glory and defense. He is a man of war, Jehovah is His name. All the forces of heaven are at His beck, legions wait at His door, cherubim and seraphim, watchers and holy ones, principalities and powers—are all attentive to His will. If our eyes were not blinded by the cataracts of the flesh—we would see horses of fire, and chariots of fire, round about the Lord’s beloved.
The powers of nature are all subject to the absolute control of the Creator—stormy wind, and tempest, lightning, and rain, and snow, and hail, and the soft dews and cheering sunshine—come and go at His decree. He loosens the bands of Orion and binds the sweet influences of the Pleiades. Earth, sea, and air, and the places under the earth—are the barracks for Jehovah’s great armies; space is His camping ground, light is His banner, and flame is His sword.
When He goes forth to war—famine ravages the land, pestilence smites the nations, hurricane sweeps the sea, tornado shakes the mountains, and earthquake makes the solid world to tremble!
As for animate creatures, they all own His dominion, and from the great fish which swallowed the prophet, down to “all manner of flies,” which plagued the field of Zoan—all are His servants, and like the palmer-worm, the caterpillar, and the cankerworm, are squadrons of His great army, for His camp is very great.
My soul, see to it that you are at peace with this mighty King, yes, more, be sure to enlist under His banner, for to war against Him is madness, and to serve Him is glory. Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, is ready to receive recruits for the army of the Lord—if I am not already enlisted—let me go to Him before I sleep, and beg to be accepted through His merits; and if I am already a soldier of the cross, let me be of good courage; for the enemy is powerless, when compared with my Lord, whose camp is very great.
Morning and Evening - July 24
Public domain content taken from Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon.