Why God Just Wants You To Be Quiet

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writing | 11 Comments

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If I could transport myself to one Old Testament event it’d probably be the parting of the red sea. The whole ordeal is such a beautiful and raw story of fear, faith, grace, and salvation. My favorite part comes right before God actually parts the sea.

 

Take yourself back and try to put yourself in their shoes. The Israelites had just been in captivity for generations. God miraculously saves them, brings them out of the desert, and they come to the red sea.

 

This is where it starts to get interesting.

 

They are just coming down from the high of coming out of captivity when they run into their first roadblock.

 

The Red Sea.

 

An ominous obstruction that they know they can’t cross.

 

Then it gets even worse. They turn around and see the Egyptians actually chasing them! The Egyptians realized they missed the Israelites and their cheap (free actually) labor. So Pharaoh got His armies and chased them.

 

What did the Israelites do?

 

With a vast ocean in front of them, and a violent chasing army behind them, they freak out. It says they “feared greatly.” I’m sure there wasn’t a shortage of men wetting their pants at this moment.

 

And they look to Moses and say in Exodus 14:11-12:

“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 in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

Immediately they doubt God.

 

Immediately they react in bitterness and fear towards the one that just saved them.

 

Side note: They never actually said “Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians” while in slavery. Isn’t that interesting? They actually said the opposite. They wanted to be saved. But we all do the same with God when times get hard don’t we? We want Him to save us but when it gets tough He must have done something wrong and He should’ve just left us where we were.

 

Too many times in our lives we are just like this moment with the Israelites. We approach a difficulty and we think God isn’t there. On top of that, we turn around and see our sin chasing us. We thought it left us. We thought we were free. But it seems like it’s coming back for more.

 

And so we freak out.

 

We get terrified.

 

But God’s answer through Moses to the Israelites that day is my favorite part.After they lament that they were even saved, he responds by saying:

“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Does that last verse strike anyone as peculiar? God says He will fight for us, and the only thing we are required to do is be silent. He doesn’t say work harder. He doesn’t say pray harder. He doesn’t say try harder. He says be silent. Just sit in silence. Rest. Quietness. Trust.

 

And immediately upon doing that God does the impossible and the sea is then parted.

 

He fought for them.

 

He did it for them.

 

He won the battle for them.

 

They pass through by faith (which by the way think how much faith it must have taken to walk on dry ground with hundreds of feet of water walls on your left and on your right) while the Egyptians get drowned and destroyed when they try to pass.

 

There is so much truth in the fact that God actually fights for us. We are weak. We are feeble. And we see our sin chasing us, but He fights for us. He does the impossible.

 

What in your life are you trying so hard to gain or accomplish rather than just letting God fight for you?

 

Ladies, instead of always nagging your man about his imperfections, what would it look like if you simply prayed for him night and day and watch God do a miracle in his heart?

 

Fellas, how often do you try to combat your own sin with your own will power rather than just trusting that God has fought the battle for you?

 

What would it look like if we did less fighting and more trusting?

 

Less working and more resting?

 

Because from the passage above it seems God only wants us to do one thing and that’s be quiet.

 

Freedom is in the silence.

 

He will fight for you.

 

What in your life are you not letting God fight for you?

 

Additional Resources

Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

Grace: God’s Unmerited Favor by Charles Spurgeon

Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray

“Getting Out” sermon by Tim Keller


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11 Comments

  1. Simone
    August 18, 2012

    Jeff, this was such a tremendous encouragement for me tonight! Really BLESSED beyond words. God really does work in mysterious ways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Tammy Loveday
    August 18, 2012

    I love it!

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  3. Joseph McIntosh
    August 18, 2012

    Hey great post man. I’ve really been struggling with God to help me get more motivated. I used to be so into God. I was taking classes, going to out of state missions, and I always felt a strong craving for more. Lately though, something feels lost. I used to always read my Bible, but lately I have barely touched it. I’ve been praying every single day for God to give me a want to want him. Reading this post gave me more of an inspiration to want to learn more, and I realize now also that just because the going gets tough, doesn’t mean that I should just pray more, rather than actually trusting in him. Thank you for the post. I’ve always been amazed at your work. Please keep it up, you’ve been a really good inspiration for me to want to better myself in my knowledge of the Bible.

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  4. Lindsay
    August 18, 2012

    Wow! Thank you for this! I’ve read the passage before, even seen a movie about it, but you’ve now made me see it in a different way! That’s probably one of the coolest things about His word…you can read it over and over again and sometimes it just hits you in a different way! (I love when that happens!) Keep up the God-loving-inspiring work! :)

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  5. jenn
    August 19, 2012

    Holy silence. This hits so close to home. I know i need to walk away from someone but the heart wont let me. I see it working now where silence and God fighting in my corner… i will come out of this with victory. Thank you so much for sharing. Your insight is so encouraging.

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  6. Pelela
    August 19, 2012

    Am blessed by this, God Bless

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  7. Rico
    August 19, 2012

    Couldn’t have said it any better. It’s true, we need to be still and quiet in order to hear God. Worrying gets us no where and faith in Christ gets us everywhere. You inspire me Jeff, keep it up. :) God Bless!

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  8. Janet
    August 19, 2012

    Thank you Jeff for this post. I have been struggling with wanting change for the last few months. I have been praying and reading the bible just waiting for change to happen. This post made me realize that I need to be silent, trust in our Lord, and wait for His timing.

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  9. Crystal
    August 19, 2012

    Thank You!

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  10. Becky
    August 20, 2012

    Jeff, that was not the end of that story. Yes, Moses told the people to be silent but in the next verse in Exodus look at what God said to Moses -Exodus 14:15-16 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. 16. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.” God did not immediately open the sea because they were silent. He opened the sea because in faith Moses raised his staff over the sea. If God is calling us to be silent, then in obedience we are to listen. But in this case God told Moses to tell the people of Israel to move forward before He had parted the sea. They were to move towards the sea in faith that God would provide the way out. Faith is a verb and action word. Yes the action may sometimes be the act of remaining silent to hear God’s direction but in this case, I don’t see that the sea parted because they were silent. I see that God does not want us to doubt, blame or complain. He just wants us to be obediant.

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    • kelello
      August 24, 2012

      Jeff thanks for the inspiration that I got this morning I always fight for what I want and work hard but from now on I’ll just b silent , and let god fight for me.

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