Yesterday I was reflecting on what it means to be still. Being still is about giving up control and taking hold of peace of heart. Being still is not sitting still. In fact, God’s desire is for Jesus followers to take steps of faith when they face Red Sea moments.
14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”
2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’
In Israel’s Red Sea moment, right after God tells Israel that they only need to be still, he tells them to move on. Not ‘get over it,’ but ‘move forward.’ How do those ideas fit together in our relationship with God?
When Israel was waiting for the exodus, God’s instruction was for them to eat the Passover meal with their cloaks tucked into their belts (Exodus 12:11). He said, ‘gird your loins!’ Be ready to move, because God’s plan of rescue required Israel to move – fast!
We are saved by grace through faith – not by works lest anyone boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). At the same time, we are to do the good works God has planned for us to prove our faith, because faith without works is dead (James 2:17).
Jesus is confronted with adulterous woman in John 8, and he saves her from being stoned to death when she was powerless. Then he says, ‘Go now, and leave your life of sin.‘
When Israel came to Jericho they were told by God (Joshua 6) to walk around the city walls 13 times over 7 days and then the walls fell by God’s power. The walking didn’t make the walls fall, yet God includes his followers in steps of faith as he works in our lives.
Following Jesus is not a spectator sport. We are challenged to take action in our walks with God. In order for us to not become arrogant, though, God makes sure that the miracle – the blessing – is unmistakable as his work – his hand…
Before Gideon was permitted to take Israel into battle against the Midianites (Judges 7) what happened? God shortened the bench. God told Gideon to reduce the size of the army from 32,000 to 300 so that when God provided the victory no one would take human credit.
God’s provision is God’s provision. His miracles are his miracles. Yet God often requires steps of faith so that we are active in our relationship of trust. The step of faith shows God you are trusting him. The step of faith shows God you are surrendered to him.
What is your step of faith in the Red Sea moment you are facing?