FAITH IS QUIET…

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EXODUS 14:10-16: “As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and there were the Egyptians coming after them! The Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help. They said to Moses: “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt: Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation that he will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.” The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to break camp. As for you, lift up your staff, stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Faith is quiet. This is the thought that rushed to my heart as I read these passages of Scripture. We all know the famous verse on faith from Hebrews,

  • “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 CSB

The account from Exodus shows us that everyone struggles with faith. Put yourself in the Israelites shoes. They had just witnessed the mighty hand of God delivering them from Egypt through the Passover. They left with an abundance of riches and the hope of a future that was filled with freedom and promise. And then, in just a matter of a couple of days, they were being hotly pursued by the Egyptian army. How would you react?

This is how the Israelites reacted.

  • “They said to Moses: “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt: Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

Then the Word of God came in answer to their cry.

  • “But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation that he will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.”

Those words grabbed my heart – “…and you must be quiet.” Faith is quiet. Why? Faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. Now what happened next is the most telling.

  • “The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to break camp. As for you, lift up your staff, stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.”

Moses, in privacy, was also crying out to the Lord. Have you ever found yourself doing that. You share the Word of God with someone to encourage them in their faith, and then in private you are waivering just like the one you were trying to encourage. Moses was as scared as the rest of them, and he was in charge!

This brings me comfort. As I share these reflections it is from a fold out card table, a plastic fold out chair, in an empty house in Florida. My wife and I moved out here in answer to God’s call. Our furniture will not be here until Saturday (we arrived on Monday, and today is Thursday). As I look at this empty house, as we sleep on a blow up mattress, and as I try to continue to work and be productive, I find myself anything but quiet. I find myself crying out to the Lord.

Yet, deep in my spirit I know that the Lord will provide. He has opened up every door up till this moment, and he will open up every door as we go forward. There are so many things to do, and regular life has to continue in the midst of it. In the midst of all of these changes I hear the Lord speaking two things to my heart.

  • Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation that he will accomplish for you today…”
  • “The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.”

Lord, thank you for meeting me at the point of my need. Thank you for reminding me that You are in control and that my call is to walk in quiet faith. This does not mean that You do not welcome my prayer, but it means that I don’t have to pray from a position of fear or anxiety. I can pray from a position of quietness and faith. I will see the salvation of the Lord! I will see what He will accomplish for me today!

  • “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7 CSB

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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