by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (l834-l892), born in Kelvedon, Essex, the son of an Independent preacher, was one of the most outstanding British preachers of his era. He joined the Baptist Church in l850, and began preaching near Cambridge. He moved to London in l854. The Metropolitan Tabernacle, with 5000 seats, was built for his huge congregation.
"Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord" (Ex. 14:13).
These 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 and on the left. What is he to do now?
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; 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 you go from strength to strength, and so you shall, and neither death nor hell shall turn you from your course. What if for a while you are called to stand still? This is only to renew your 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 believer, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently waiting for the directing Voice; and it will not be long before God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, "Go forward."
From Cracker Barrel Journal