Friday, February 15, 2013

verse four: be still

This is my 4th memory verse of 2013.

In my Bible study yesterday, I read the "Crossing of the Red Sea" in Exodus 13:17- 14:31.

14:10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 
11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 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.”

The Isrealites fear almost kept them from the freedom that God had planned for them.
The Isrealites had no faith. But Moses lead them with great faith.
 And because of that faith, God delivered them from the Egyptians, in a miraculous way!
Moses' advice to the Isrealites was to "be still"... 
And that is advice that we all need to remember more often.
I started thinking more about what it really means to be still...
Sure, it's about approaching God with a quite spirit, in order to truly listen to Him.
But it's also about having faith in Him & giving Him complete control over your life.

Often, when fearful things happen, we turn to God, but we still hold on to the worry.
The fact is, we can't have faith & worry at the same time. 
We have to boldly trust that God is fighting for us.
That God is in control of our lives & that He knows what is best for us.
We have to have faith that His plan is what will happen in our lives.
Fear & worry are not a part of that equation.
That is what the words "be still" mean to me right now. 
And that's why I choose to focus on that verse for the next couple of weeks.

I hope you all have a happy weekend! 


  1. Just what I needed to hear (or read!) right now.

    1. I am so happy to hear that! I needed it too! :)

  2. I love this verse so very much!!! Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

    1. It is such a good verse! You're welcome! :)

  3. Love this verse and love this post, Sarah!
    We just talked about this in church.
    Your blog is lovely and inspirational. Happy to be following!

    1. Thank you, Victoria!
      I love when topics & verses "pop-up" all over the place in our lives! God is always at work! :) And SO happy to have you following!

  4. Definitely needed this verse right now! So glad and grateful for your heart and ability to write and convey His truth. :) And you're so right, we can't hold onto fear while trying to be faithful. It just doesn't work. Being still is something I'm definitely struggling with right now and hearing this reminder helps more than you can imagine. Thanks, girl!!

    1. Hi Kiki! Thank you for your sweet words! Hearing that makes me smile! :)
      Stillness is something I am struggling with too, especially in certain areas of my life. One-day-at-a-time...