No matter how ominous the threat, the fulfillment of God’s promise to overcome it is much more in need of our silenced complaining than anything else.
Exodus 14:12-14 (NIV)
12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
13 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Right when things couldn’t seem to be any worse, it may be that the greatest demonstration of God’s power is just about to take place. Going on and on about the circumstance is really much more perilous than the actual circumstance itself. God is more than able to take care of the terrible threat, but establishing an atmosphere of faith is not something He can force upon us. Sometimes the most critical thing that is required for our deliverance is simply silence from the complaining. God has a plan that is already in motion to fulfill His promise in an amazing way, and the only thing that might disrupt and disable that plan would be proclaimed doubt and unbelief.
Of course it would be nice to have an actual Moses in the room, telling us to “stand firm and see the deliverance of the Lord”. If we could just have a personal word from God, the grumbling might be suppressed until the deliverance. Oftentimes we can feel alone in our fear and, like the children of Israel, wonder where God is. However, as wonderful as it might have been there, hearing Moses’ words and passing through the sea in deliverance from the Egyptians, we have an abundance of similar encouragements from the Word, along with the most precious one from Jesus, that He will never leave us alone. No matter how ominous the threat, the fulfillment of God’s promise to overcome it is much more in need of our silenced complaining than anything else.
It really is a wonderful command, and one that shouldn’t take much exerted effort. Being still from the complaining, though, will be best fulfilled when that mouth that is needing to do so is filled with the promise, leaving no room for any God disabling doubt and unbelief. Something incredible is just about to take place. Standing firm in faith with a fixation on the promise will avoid a whole life of delayed demonstration in the wilderness.