Exodus 14:13-15
“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.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” 
The Israelites were all in a frenzy. They wanted freedom, but they wanted security. They wanted deliverance, but they wanted to avoid conflict. They wanted the freedom to worship God, but they didn’t want to rely on Him. The instruction they received was, “Stop! Stop moving, stop pacing, stop complaining, stop worrying. Stop, and still your heart before the Lord.”
Once they did this, the very next instruction God gave them was, “Move on!” 
It’s easy to live life in reaction mode, torn between desires- panicking as questions appear, uncertainties increase, obstacles rise, and enemies advance. When this happens, the Spirit calls me to stand firm and be still. God is fighting on my behalf, and before I do anything else I must still my heart before God. Once I have done this, I give Him the opportunity to intervene and guide me. Then His word comes, “move on!”
After I still myself in His presence and center my heart on Him, He can direct my steps to move forward in the peace that He gives–secure in the certainty that He has made a way for me. 
God, thank you for this reminder to stand still when things get crazy, and center my heart on you. Thank you for your leading and guiding. Help me to clearly hear your voice, so that I may “move on” in step with you as you make a way for me. 

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