The Israelites were in captivity in Egypt for 490 years. Finally they are released and Pharaoh becomes so anger he decides to chase them down and bring them back. The Israelites are now trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. They become afraid and complained against Moses, who they thought brought them into the dessert to die! Then Moses says these words “Moses answered the people, “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.”” Exodus 14:13-14.
I am sure you are like me, there are times I see myself trapped between two people or issues. I have many years of training and experience to assess a situation and make the best choice. However, there is a more difficult choice to make and that is to wait. Obviously Moses knew something the people did not, when he told them to wait. He said they would see the Egyptian be defeated. But the truth is if the people would have tried to cross the Red Sea before it parted they would have drowned. If they would have tried to escape from the Egyptians they would have been crushed. At least in this case they listened to Moses and waited. They would have waited in fear, anxiety and doubt. My challenge to us, who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must learn to wait in some circumstances. God wants us to wait to learn what his plan is and for him to demonstrate his power in our lives. God cannot always work when we never stop to wait, listen and learn. Standing still is sometimes the greatest action we can take to accomplish what is best. Yet waiting is one of the most difficult disciplines to exercise in our Christian faith.