“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13-14 )
This is a very “Charlton Heston” type of verse. In fact in my mind’s eye, I can just hear and see him, in very Cecil B DeMille style, deliver a line much like these verses. But there is a great deal of truth and wisdom to these verses. The Lord is very much on our side. We only have to be patient for the Divine to act on our behalf. Of course, the downside is that God is on everybody’s side, so if we expect the Lord to “kick butt” on our enemies, we will be waiting a very very very long time.
I knew in college who lived on the same dorm floor as me, and when I was going through a major stressful change in my life, she sort of kicked me when I was down. Years later we met up again and she apologized for what she had said. And I forgave her easily, because I did not hold a grudge against her.
But imagine for a moment if I had seethed and raged at her, waiting until God gave her the comeuppance I might have thought she deserved. Wouldn’t it have busted my need for vengeance when she had asked for forgiveness and would have had to decide what to do? We may be still and wait for the Lord to deal with our “enemies”, and the Divine will – in God’s own way and time. Being still and waiting does not mean holding our grudges and nursing our hurts so that at the proper time we can add our negative emotions etc to whatever we believe God will do.
Being still and waiting means letting go of our hurts and complaints etc and moving forward positively with our lives. That is not part of the Cecil B DeMille movie, but it is part of God’s shalom. DeMille would have us watch our enemies drown and be washed away – suffer horrible deaths and loss. Have everything that our enemy loved and valued stripped away.
In a few days gentle reader, we will be moving into a New Year. I gently suggest you gather up any vengeance and grudges you have, and toss them out like pages on a worn out calender. You don’t need them anymore! Let the Lord do what is according to the Lord’s plan; you move forward looking to better days. Remember, the Lord is for us and encouraging us not to worry about past hurts but to allow our God to heal us.
May you gentle reader live your life confidently knowing that our God is all the protection that we need. Selah!