“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,” Exodus 14:13. Reflection and Commentary.

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Early this morning my heart dove into Exodus 13 and 14. When I came to these words and the promise that followed I felt like reading it over and over. Each time it was more stirring. I grasped the message of how we are to respond in a time of trail not only in Old Testament times but today, here and now. The application of God’s teaching was vivid.

These were the words of Prophet Moses as he answered fear of the children of Israel (Exodus 14:10-12) when they cried out in fear to the Lord.

“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.”

They could not see where they were being led. Behind them was a great danger. In front of them was no tangible evidence of anything but a fearsome wilderness.

Surely we can each relate in both large and small ways to this dilemma in our own life experiences. Aren’t we constantly faced with moments both in daily life and in our larger life choices when we are called to “step out boldly” with trust in God and in His Promises to us? I can relate to many instances when I have felt that there was only a fearsome wilderness of the unknown before me. I had no tangible evidence of outcome either of prayer or promise. I had no evidence of support. More frightening, (to my mortal heart) I did not have a prophet near lead me and quell my fears. I did have Faith in Jesus Christ with direct access to His Altar. I have The Promises of God that light my way with the potency of the Pillar of Fire. This is precisely when this scripture can speak to our hearts.

It is life-altering to find that God is with us, more- that He leads us forward faithfully.

In the commentary by David Guzik, I found an insightful outline of Exodus 14:13-14 that explained the commands so that we can clearly see a way of “walking through a challenge” using The Lord’s Wisdom. I formed a summation in this way.

Pause Fear: “Aware, Beware” Our only help is God.

Stand Still: “Attend, Bend” Allow all time for all strength to shift to God/ Let Peace reveal His Plan.

Draw back in Prayer: “Go to God” Listen, Trust, Seek Him. Seek His Counsel at His Holy Altar. Recognize His Infinite Ability. This is the source of Godly Courage.

Believe to His Promise: “Believe, Receive” Salvation is yours. The Lord will fight for you.

Step forward with The Eternal View: “Act, Walk the Holy Fact” The
present and the eternal both are raised to God, His ability and power are omniscient.

Moses, known to be more humble than any other man in the Old Testament (Num. 12:3), brought the Jews out of slavery in Egypt and led them to the Holy Land that God had promised them. When we apply the courage of responding with these convictions it necessarily humbles the parts of ourselves that have been conditioned to respond ‘from the gut’; to lash out with first response, react from panic, protect ourselves and create barriers, forge ahead using falsely formed planning and most especially the mode of anxiety-driven responses that can be everything but productive, even harmful. The firm command from Moses gave them resolve to move beyond fear and act with courage.

Further in the next passage (Exodus 14:15-18) when Moses cries out to God in desperate prayer, God’s answer “Why do you cry out to me?” The Lord prompts Moses that it is time now for action. Moses had encouraged the faith of the people by showing confidence and great courage – now it was time to act.
( Reflection; LWillows)

Commentary on Exodus 14:13-14 by David Guzik

Exodus 14:13-14 Moses responds with great courage. Commentary Study from David Guzik David Guzik, Bible Commentaries; Blue Letter Bible/Exodus

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

a. Do not be afraid: At this point, Moses had no idea how God would help them in the situation. All he knew was God certainly would help. In a sense, Moses knew he was in such a bad situation that God had to come through.

i. When we see that our only help is God, we are more likely to trust Him. Sometimes it is the little things – the things we think we can do in our own strength – that get us down, not the big things that we know only God can do.

b. Stand still: Moses told the people of Israel to stop. This is often the Lord’s direction to the believer in a time of crisis. Despair will cast you down, keeping you from standing. Fear will tell you to retreat. Impatience will tell you to do something now. Presumption will tell you to jump into the Red Sea before it is parted. Yet as God told Israel He often tells us to simply stand still and hold your peace as He reveals His plan.

c. See the salvation of the Lord: Moses didn’t know what God would do. Yet he knew what the result would be. He knew that God would save His people and that the enemies of the Lord would be destroyed. He could say to Israel, “the Lord will fight for you.”

i. “Salvation is used here in its literal sense of saving life, or of victory instead of defeat in war. As the Old Testament moves on, ‘salvation’ will gain a more spiritual and less material sense (Psalm 51:12), although the Hebrew was not conscious of any sharp contrast between the two.” (Cole)

d. You shall see them no more forever: The idea behind this implies much more than at first look. Moses perhaps spoke in terms of eternity as well as their present time.

© David Guzik

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“Exceedingly Great and Precious Promises” from Bob Hoekstra’s Day by Day

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Exceedingly Great and Precious Promises
from Bob Hoekstra Bob Hoekstra’s Day by Day Grace
By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises…And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (2 Peter 1:4 and Matthew 4:19)

As we have seen, faith is the proper response to the promises of God. Let us now return to individual consideration of God’s wonderful promises. They are so wonderful that the Scriptures describe them as “exceedingly great and precious.” The promises of God (which are deserving of our trust) are “exceedingly great.” They are far beyond magnificent. The Greek root behind this phrase provides the English prefix, “mega” (as in “mega-bomb” or “mega-celebrity”). The promises of God are also “precious.” They are priceless. They are beyond what any human or temporal treasure could ever secure.

One of God’s “exceedingly great and precious promises” is linked to Jesus’ call to discipleship. This call was an invitation to come and pursue after Him. “And He said to them, ‘Follow Me.'” The Lord Jesus wants people to develop a life with Him. He wants us to build a relationship with Him. For all who will humbly focus their days on earth in a quest after Him, Jesus makes this magnificent promise. “I will make you.” As we follow after Him, we can count on His fulfilling the promise to remake us. These men He addressed were “fishers of fish.” Jesus promised to make them “fishers of men.” “From now on you will catch men” (Luke 5:10).

The critical point is that Jesus would be the one changing these men. In this situation, He speaks of changing them from those who caught fish (for a temporal fishing business) to those who would catch men (for the eternal kingdom of God). Yet, in every situation, He is the one to rely upon for a changed life. It is amazing what people (even believers in Jesus Christ) will do to try to change their lives. They will sign up for every new program that comes through town (or is offered over national television). They will commit themselves to years of humanistic, speculative therapy. They will follow gurus to every continent on earth. They will even make endless lists of promises to God to do better or try harder. Yet, all of this is to no avail. God’s plan for transformation of life is to believe in His promise. “I will make you.” God wants to be the cause that produces the effect of a transformed life. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10).

Yes, by the grace of God, transformation of life is available by faith in the promises of God. If we are willing to humbly pursue after a developing relationship with the Lord of life, He promises to make us into what He wants us to be.

Lord Jesus, thank You for being so patient with me through all my futile attempts to change myself. Please remind me daily to seek after You, knowing that I can count on You to be transforming me into what You want me to be, Amen.

“Lord, Turn Us To Love One Another”…from LWillows


Lord, turn us to love.
Lead us to respond to the hearts of one another.
Let there be no boundaries or borders that hinder noble calling.
For we are formed together by you.

Help us to learn that when suffering affects the life of one of us,
it leans upon us all.
Lead us into a faith that surrounds everyone and everything
by Your generous Grace.
Teach us to be pressed by Love.
Release the Power of Your Spirit to motion courage that can
open our hearts to follow and walk with You.
Help us to act with compassion and behold life and one another
with eyes of tenderness that glorify You.

Lord, search our hearts.
Help us to be able and listening so that we hear you above all else.
Give us the humility to bend before you.
Break our pride and self-reliance that gathers in armies against you.
Bless us with confidence in Your sovereign mercy and Spirit indwelling.
Lead us to You, show us life in You as one Family.
Grant us the wisdom to regard ourselves as belonging, united and loved.

Turn us to love one another, to bear and enter the hearts of one another
by The Power of Your Son, Christ Jesus,
in Whose Name we pray…
for He Calls us to Love as Beloved, Saved, His Own and brought Home.

Amen

© 2018 Linda Willows, 2017 Linda Willows

“Lift my son to You, Lord”…prayer poem from LWillows

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“Lord, lift my son to You”

I lost and found him throughout the years,
In stories that wound and then tangled with tears.
There I lay soaked in a hive of mother fears,
Caught in the crossfire of life’s inner spheres.

I surrendered, bent forth, in soliloquy bared,
And all of my words left your heart undeclared.
You are loved, my son. My soul pours without end.
Nothing could sever or hinder soul’s blend.

Your eyes shine blue like faraway doors,
Yet I wander through the decades of horizons, yours.
More cherished than anything that words could hide;
Inscribed are the visions that love wrote inside.

Lord, carry what I am powerless to hold.
Lift my son’s heart to Yours in Love’s mercy bold.
Be His Father, stir the miracles – the ones that were born
When you formed him in me, your own Spirit’s dwelling sworn.

© 2017 Linda Willows, 2018