“Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” – Exodus 14:13
These words are God’s command to believers when they are reduced to great distress and brought to extraordinary difficulties. They cannot retreat. They cannot go forward. They are shut up on the right hand and on the left. What can they do? The Master’s word to them is, “Stand still.”
At times like this, it is good to listen only to the Master, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die. Give it all up.” But God would have us to be of cheerful courage, and even in our worst times He would have us rejoice in His love and faithfulness.
Cowardice says, “Retreat Go back to the world’s way of action. You cannot play the Christian’s part. It is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” Regardless of how much Satan may urge, you cannot follow this course if you are a child of God, because His divine command tells you to go from strength to strength. And you will! Neither death nor hell can turn you from your course. If for a while you are called to stand still, it is only to renew your strength for some greater advance.
Haste cries, “Do something. Wake up. Waiting is sheer idleness.” And thus we may be led to do something now, instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but everything.
Presumption boasts, “If the sea is in front of you, march into it and expect a miracle.” But Faith does not listen to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Haste or Presumption. Faith hears God say, “Stand still.” Remain upright and ready for action, expect further orders, but cheerfully and patiently wait on the directing voice. It will not be long until God will say to you as distinctly as He spoke to Moses, “Go forward.”
- C.H. Spurgeon