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May
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Be Still

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. — Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
The Israelites were terrified (Exodus 14:10).  The armies of Pharaoh were bearing down on them and quickly.  They started to believe that suffering as slaves in Egypt was a far better fate than being slaughtered in the desert.  Moses gives them reassurance and a command.  God will fight for you.  Be still.  The Hebrew word for “be still” literally means to become silent or remain inactive.
It’s been a stressful day here in my household.  We’ve been running around due to a family emergency for hours.  There is worry and fear and fret and anxiety all swirling around in a tornado of stress that doesn’t look to be going away any time soon.  It made touchdown several hours ago and it continues to cut a swath of stress through the peace of our lives.  We don’t know what is going to happen, all we know is that we are scared.
In the midst of all of this, I can hear Moses’ voice echo down through history.  “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  I hear Jesus’ command to the storm as His disciples feared for their lives on the Sea of Galilee, “Quiet!  Be still!”  There was instant calm.  Doesn’t that sound nice?  A little bit of peace in the midst of life’s storms?  A little bit of calm in the middle of the storm?  As life bears down on you, can you hear Moses’ words?  “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
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