Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord

by Mike Ratliff

13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” Exodus 14:13-14 (NASB) 

While I rejoice as there are so many Christian leaders whom God has raised up at this time to tell the truth about the growing apostasy within the visible church. I know that there is a force at play hitting all genuine believers to be distraught, to be angry, to be full of doubt and so many other distractions that keep us from where we need to be and doing what we need to be doing for our Lord. My first reaction when I see the leadership of the SBC act like the world in being deceitful liars while attacking God’s truth continually chipping away at it thereby proving to be apostates is anger and deep desire to depart the denomination. I was right there this morning when I opened my Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning for my daily devotional. 

C. H. Spurgeon

“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.”—Exodus 14:13.

HESE words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, “do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once—we must do it so we think—instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle.” But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still”;—keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”

From Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning for July 24.

With that my brethren are we to take up our swords and remove those heretics by force? Are we to jump ship and create a new denomination or just be independent? What I understand here is that the SBC does not tell us what to do. The leadership is obviously corrupt. The ERLC is beyond corrupt. However, that has no bearing on what we do on Sundays and throughout the week as we walk before the Lord by faith and share His Gospel as we are lead to do. We preach it and teach it in our churches. We tell the truth regardless of what the apostates at the top of the denomination say. They will stand before the Lord in His timing to give an account and I would not want to be them. In the mean time, let us obey the Lord.

Soli Deo Gloria!

3 thoughts on “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord

  1. I was reading Spurgeon’s words just now and thinking it was your words and I was like wow! He’s really on fire! Haha! He has such a way with words. I’m no better than you, I get upset at the false teachers, but we have to stay focused on the truth and not let them get to us, right? I’ll be praying for you. Thanks for all the great posts.

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