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  • Writer's pictureBree Shackelford

Take Up Your Postion and Be Still

Take up your position and be still.

I’m sure we all know the story of Moses and the mass exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. (Exodus 14) Specifically the part where God, through Moses, parts the Red Sea and delivers them from the Egyptians once and for all.

Before this act of deliverance, the Israelites were panicking because of the vast body of water that stood between them and their freedom, while Pharaoh's vast army was approaching from behind. In the midst of the chaos, Moses spoke to the people and said, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13)

We may not be chased by an army, but we may still feel trapped and overwhelmed in our lives. And if you’re anything like me you may still complain and doubt that He will rescue you after all that He has done. Whether it’s in your financial situation, your relationships, lack of trusting His timing, or lack of control (this is a BIG one for me).

The Israelites had to learn from repeated experience that God was able, that He is who He says He is. Thankfully, God has preserved these repeated examples in the Bible to help us remember who He is and to trust Him the first time.

Another passage of scripture that comes to mind is 2 Chronicles 20:15-17. The Spirit spoke through Jahaziel and said, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s… You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm, and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.” Then King Jehoshaphat bowed down, with this face to the ground, and all of his people fell down in worship before the Lord.

Take up your positions. Stand firm. See the deliverance. Wow that is powerful. And that’s exactly what happened. As they were worshiping, the Lord set up ambushes against their enemies and they DEFEATED THEMSELVES. They were victorious - not by raising a physical weapon but by taking up their spiritual ones.

“And the whole kingdom was at peace, for God had given them rest on every side.”

(2 Chron. 202:29)

Hold up. The kingdom? Maybe you misread that like I did the first time. The ENTIRE city was at peace. On every side. Whether an army is approaching from behind or a seemingly insurmountable sea is before me…

Take up your position - in your car on the way to work, at your office, in your marriage, on your knees by your bed, in a toy-filled room that you spent hours cleaning the day before - & be still.

Write a scripture/note on your mirrors, your whiteboards, your desk, your hand, your neighbors forehead - something that you will see everyday that will help remind you, in the midst of this crazy life:

Who He was, who He is, & who He will continue to be.


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