And Moses said to the people, Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day…
Our text exhibits the posture in which a man should be found while exercised with trial. Methinks, also, it shows the position in which a sinner should be found when he is under trouble on account of sin. We will employ it in both ways.
I. Take our text first as A PICTURE OF THE BELIEVER WHEN HE IS REDUCED TO GREAT STRAITS. Then God's command to him is, "Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord." In this brief sentence there are two things very conspicuous: first, what is to be done, "Stand still"; and secondly, what is to be seen, "See the salvation of the Lord."
1. What is to be done? Faith hears the bidding of her faithful God, and is not willing to be shut up in the iron cage of despair; nay, she defies the old giant to put so much as a finger upon her. Lie down and die? that she never will while her God bids her stand. See the word "stand." What does it mean? Keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice. But in what way are we to "stand still"? Surely it means, among other things, that we are to wait awhile. Time is precious, but there are occasions when the best use we can make of it is to let it run on. A man who would ride post.haste had better wait till he is perfectly mounted, or he may slip from the saddle. He who glorifies God by standing still is better employed than he who diligently serves his own self-will.
(1) Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God and spread the case before Him; tell Him your difficulty, and plead His promise of aid.
(2) Wait in faith, for unfaithful, untrusting waiting is but an insult to the Lord. Believe that if He shall keep you tarrying even till midnight, yet He will come at the right time; the vision shall come and shall not tarry.
(3) Wait in quiet patience, not murmuring because you are under the affliction, but blessing God for it.
2. But now, secondly, what is to be seen? You are to see the salvation of God. In your present temporal trials you are to see God's power and love manifested. Now, I think I hear you say, "Well, one thing I know, I cannot deliver myself out of the dilemma in which I am now placed. I had some dependence once upon my own judgment and upon my own ability, but that dependence is entirely gone." It is a good thing for you sometimes, Christian, to be wholly weaned from yourself. But you are saying, "What shall I see?" Well, I know not precisely what you shall see, except I am sure of this, you shall see the salvation of God, and in that salvation you shall see two or three things, just as the children of Israel saw them.
(1) You shall see, if needs be, all nature and all providence subservient to God's love.
(2) You will see again, if you will but stand still and see it, that the Lord reigneth. You shall have such a picture of Jehovah sitting upon His throne, controlling and overruling all things, that you shall extol Him with your whole heart as your God and King for ever. You shall see most distinctly, if you will but wait and look for it, how He can make you a wonder.
(3) You shall be a wonder to yourself, and marvel how it is that God supports you. You shall be a wonder to your enemies. You shall do what they cannot do; you shall walk through the depths of the sea, which the Egyptians, assaying to do, were drowned.
(4) You shall see your enemies utterly destroyed, if you will but wait.
II. I intend to take the text in reference to THE SINNER BROUGHT INTO THE SAKE CONDITION IN A MORAL SENSE.
1. "Stand still" in the renunciation of all thine own righteousness, and of all attempts to seek a righteousness by thine own doings.
2. But now the sinner says, "Suppose, then, I give up all hope, and do no more by way of trusting to myself, what shall I see?" Do remark that all the sinner can do, is to see the salvation. He is not to work it out, he is not to help it on, but he is to see it; yet, mark you, that sinner cannot even find out that salvation of itself, for if you notice, the next sentence to our text is, "which He will show you to-day." God must show it to us, or else we cannot see it. I will tell thee of it.
(1) First, it was ordained of old, like the deliverance of the Red Sea. If God's election comes to those who are without merit, without hope, without strength, here is hope for thee.
(2) In the next place, the salvation which God shows is one wrought by a mediator.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
WEB: Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see them again.