September 4, 2020 - LISTEN HERE
Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation He will provide for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.”
Moses spoke these words to the Israelites the day before they were planning to flee Egypt, the day before God was planning to part the Red Sea for them to escape. If you’ve read the book of Exodus, you know the Israelites were a whiney and wishy-washy lot of people who had a hard time with the whole concept of being freed from captivity. On this day, they were told that the Lord would fight for them...if they would stand firm, accept that He was going to do for them....and just be quiet.
This entire week at Happy Hour was structured around the concept of “being still.”
Monday: Isaiah 46:1,10 - Be Still and Know
Tuesday: Psalms 62:5-6 - I Will Not Be Shaken – with Pastor Caspar
Wednesday: Psalms 37:7 – Be Still and Wait Expectantly
Thursday: Job 6:24 – Teach Me; I Will Be Silent and Listen
In Exodus 14:14, we are reminded that when we face our biggest challenges, we need to trust, we need to ask, we need to be quiet....then, we need to feel the fear and do it anyway.
The Israelites were about to from the most powerful government and the most powerful ruler of the day: the Egyptian King and his massive, well-armed army. They were poor, unarmed and even scattered in their decisions of whether they even wanted to get out of captivity!
Can you imagine what the dinner discussions were that night:
- The Egyptian army will come after us and kill us – we’re as good as dead!
- Where is it we are going....Into the ‘wilderness?’ What does that mean? Where the heck is that??
- Will we have food and shelter? At least here we have a home and a job...and we have we’re pretty safe!
- Who the heck is Moses anyway? Does he really talk to God? Is he hallucinating?
Now, fast forward to today.
We are standing up against the most powerful forces ever gathered on earth, plotting to take away our freedoms. We’re afraid of the consequences. We’re afraid to resist and revolt. We may be slaves, but we’re “safe.” Who should we trust – the “authorities” or the radical rebels who are revolting?
So many around us are not even sure they WANT to be free – How many do you know that are happy to be obedient? How many are willing to wear a mask? How many are willing to socially distance and NEVER touch another human again. How many are going to be vaccinated and microchipped with the Mark of the Beast, to be “free?”
- OR -
How many are going to rise up and declare,
“I will die on my feet rather than live on my knees,
as a slave to the New World Order.
When we draw the Lord into the battle and onto the battlefield, He promises to FIGHT FOR US. We just need to “be quiet” and get out of the way. We need to turn our fears and worries over to God and let Him fight the battle.stand with God.
As in the days of Moses, the Lord will fight for us...if we invite Him to the battle, then Be Still...and Know.
Dear Lord, in these challenging times, many here have committed to daily communion with You, to share the Word of God and to Pray. We are exercising our FAITH, we are learning to BE STILL. We are preparing for the most important battle of our life: Will we choose to follow You or will we be among those who will Fall Away as predicted in the Last Days?
Lord, protect us from the Enemy. Give us keen discernment to know the enemy in advance. Dear Lord, eliminate all vexes the enemy may have over us. We ask that You send Your warring angels join us to combat our personal strifes and external battles. We command them to fight on our behalf.
Lord, we thank You for this week together. May You be with us as we relax over this holiday weekend, the last holiday of summer. Guide our steps. Hold our hearts close to You so we may feel Your Love and protection. We worship you. We love you so much Father God. We thank you and praise Your holy name. Please grant us our petitions – this or something better and in all things, may Your will be done. We ask in Jesus’s precious name. Amen.