Sunday, July 17, 2005


Stand Still

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.”
~Romans 10:17

Moses has led the people to a point of no returning at the Red Sea…with evil hot one their trail. Sounds kinda familiar?! This confrontation across the world we have found ourselves in, people griping for what Moses, oh, I mean Bush, has gotten them into! If he had just let them be and not stirred up trouble… They had more comforting thoughts about being in bondage than the unknown, possible death in the wilderness. My friend just got an email from her son in Iraq. He is confronting the reality of his situation. He wonders if God could tell him if he’ll make it out alive. How natural for us to want to know how it’s gonna be…especially in life and death moments. Here is what Moses answered his followers: “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which HE will shew to you today: for the Egyptians ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more.”

Then, the miracle. Here is one of those places in history that if your faith has been made smaller by evolution theories, the dry path down the middle of a great body of water might be harder to swallow. If your God created out of nothing, by His Will, all of creation, in moments, days, then the time factor here won’t be an issue. Pharaoh’s army is thundering toward them…there is no time for evolution or a natural event of the everyday sort. Cataclysmic come to mind! Do you suppose God is messing with their minds? You try walking down a corridor of water walls—high ones—big enough to collapse in on an entire army and wipe it away—huge, okay? Now, what are you imagining, even knowing in every muscle…how mighty, how powerful, how triumphant is your God? “Stand still” as the enemy draws near and see God’s power.

Mrs. Schaeffer feed us with Psalm 20:5-9:
We will rejoice in Thy salvation,
And in the Name of our God we will set up our banners:
The Lord fulfill all thy petitions.
Now know that I the Lord saveth His anointed:
He will hear him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His Right Hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:
But we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.
They are brought down and fallen:
But we are risen, and stand upright.
Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.

This event, passed on for generations upon generations is part of the continuous golden thread, woven “so that it will be possible for our praise of God to be real and not a hollow irrational hope, but a hope based on Truth.” (p. 63; Christianity is Jewish)

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