Be Still (Exodus 13-15)

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)

There are moments when time seems to stand still, aren’t there?  When the sun slowly descends below the horizon.  When a heavy blanket of snow covers a forest of unrelenting pines.  When a parent holds a newborn child for the first time.  There is an inexplicable mystery in those moments where God’s presence is seemingly inhaled like a fresh breath of air which then permeates our very being. In those moments, we know that God is present, and everything else fades from our view.

I believe the moment when Moses gave the Israelites his special instructions to stand down and let the Lord fight on their behalf was a moment like what I just described.  In the midst of chaos there was peace.  In the midst of uncertainty there was a lack of concern.  In the midst of fear, there was confidence.  Only the confidence wasn’t in their strength… it was in the strength of their God.  And so time stood still.  They waited patiently upon the Lord.  The concerns of the moment faded from their sight.  And God delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians.

Are you trying to fight for yourself?  Perhaps God is waiting for you to give up so that He can fight for you.  Perhaps it’s time to be still.

Heavenly Father, You care so deeply for the needs of Your children.  So often I think that I need to manipulate situations and to take things into my own hands.  But I don’t have to do that at all.  In fact, who better to handle my troubles than the One who created me?  Keep me from fighting for me.  In humility, allow me to let You fight my battles.  And in the end, give me the courage to give You the glory for the victories that are won.


About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.


  1. There were two things that really struck me about this reading. First in Exodus 14:15 that there is a time to pray and a time for action, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” And secondly that it appears that this is the first time that Moses raised his hands to part the sea and then bring it back upon the Egyptians and not Moses commanding Aaron to perform the the action as in each of the plagues. Nothing earth shaking just things that I had not gleaned before. This has been really interesting so far Seth and I appreciate all your effort. I am proud to be part of your merry band traveling through the Bible.

    • That’s a really great observation, Todd. It was like an evolution that Moses went through. God knew all along that he was capable of leading – Moses was the one who didn’t believe that he could do it. I appreciate your thoughts!

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