Today’s post is based out of the fourteenth chapter of Exodus. The children of Israel have finally been released, after the firstborn of every man and beast is taken from Egypt. They’ve made it to the Red Sea. But what’s that behind them? It’s Pharaoh and his army! Over 600,000 chariots, with foot soldiers not even counted!
What a sight that must have been!
The people cried out to Moses that it would have been better for them to serve, enslaved, in Egypt than to die in the wilderness. They were sure it was the end, for all of them. And honestly, I imagine it was an easy thing to let fear overtake them, seeing with those flesh eyes what was coming their way.
But then Moses speaks…
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. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (Exodus 14:13-14)
Out of the Mouths of Children…
We’ve had some major vehicle trouble lately. Transmission trouble. Literally, at any given moment, it could just give up and be completely finished. However, as me and our Pastor’s wife often say to one another, “BUT GOD!”
It’s only been by His grace and mercy that we’ve been able to keep it on the road to get my husband back and forth to work. Even at that, he’s barely making it in, without having to put another quart of fluid in so it won’t slip out of gear. Honestly, if we had a longer trip to make, I’m afraid we just wouldn’t make it.
This has been going on for a long, long time. A brother from our church recently helped us do some work on it and we replaced what we thought was the culprit, but that fix only last about a week before the troubles got really bad. And that’s when I lost my peace.
I came into the kitchen tonight to fix supper and my daughter asked me what was wrong. I told her the van was getting worse. Without missing a beat, she said, “But I thought you said that God would fix it.” Well, that shook me a bit. First of all, that she remembered me saying that. I mean, I know I’d said it over and over, but I didn’t think little ears were really paying attention!
I told her of course He would, that I still believed that, to which she replied, “Well, then why are you getting upset about it?!” Her tone was as exasperated as mine! And then it hit me! I wasn’t HOLDING my peace, I was throwing it away as if I were skipping a rock. I was ashamed, but OH SO GRATEFUL that God used my daughter to bring me back around to the Truth that really does save us in times like these.
And Then God Moved!
As I was getting the food prepared, my husband had decided to take our daughter to the store to grab a couple of last-minute items. My daughter, however, came back in and told me her dad wanted me to come outside. He said he’d gotten an idea and wanted me to put the van in gear while he watched to see what happened.
When I did, he quickly yelled for me to shut it off. He’d found the problem! He said the Lord had just dropped the idea on him after something he’d seen this morning on his way in to work.
Now, I’ll have to step back from THIS story for a moment to tell you that when we got out of bed, the internet seemed to be off. We just couldn’t get any of our devices to connect. The bill had come due two days ago, but we had planned on paying it when he got paid this evening. He decided it must have been shut off, so he stopped by the office to pay it before going in to work. It’s super important, because that’s where I work and where I homeschool from.
After leaving the office, he noticed a large amount of transmission fluid on the ground in a spot that didn’t seem to make sense. He said he’d been praying for days for the Lord to give him the wisdom to find out what was wrong, or a dream or vision…anything that might help.
At first, he dismissed the strange fluid puddle and went on about the day. But he said it just kept coming back to him over and over again. Oh, as it turns out, the internet wasn’t turned off. I believe, as we discussed the events of the day, that God set things in motion for just this occasion. If the internet had connected, then he wouldn’t have been parked in such a way that the leak would have been evident. And had that not happened, he never would have thought to take the time to really investigate.
So Now, We Wait
For all the good that finding the leak did, we’re still not exactly sure how to go about fixing it. We have enlisted the help of a mechanically savvy brother again, so we hope to know something soon. All in the Father’s good time, that much we DO know.
However, the point of this whole message is that I did NOT hold my peace. In fact, it had come to bother me so much that it showed on my face. It made daughter wonder what was wrong. It made her ask me, and that’s how I know my outside was perfectly reflecting my insides! Wow…what a sobering thought!
You see, it wasn’t just the van that was leaking today. It was me too! My inner countenance was leaking right out on to my face! But what leaked out shouldn’t have been there anyway! It reminded me of a couple of Scriptures that Jesus so tenderly brought to my mind. A reminder that I have a job to do. And it has nothing to do with the van…
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10).
…for the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Protect Your Joy
The enemy KNOWS that the joy of the Lord is our strength. In fact, he knows it probably better than we do! That’s why he will send every fiery dart he can muster to try to take it away from you.
Don’t let him.
Sometimes, just managing that takes a lot of strength, doesn’t it? Bills come due, problems pop up out of nowhere, friends and family are lost…the list could very nearly be endless. But did you know, that sometimes, the very act of praise is a sacrifice?
And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise unto the house of the Lord (Jeremiah 17:26).
The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at first, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 33:11).
And Paul goes a step further, by explaining how we do that…
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (Hebrews 13:15).
Thank God for Gentle Reminders
I’m so thankful my daughter called me out today. I’m so glad God used her to bring me out of the funk I was in, and to set me on a better path. In fact, the rest of the evening went so well, I never even thought of the van again.
Don’t lose your peace like I did. Don’t focus on the storm, focus on the One Who walks on the water and calms the raging seas. Pay no attention to the furnace, remember that you won’t be walking in it alone. Don’t focus on the ravenous lions, focus on the One Who can shut their mouths.
In other words…whatever you do, hold your peace!