The Lord hardened the hearts of Pharaoh and he pursued the Israelites. The Egyptians - all Pharaohs' horses and chariots, horsemen and troops pursued the Israelites. The Israelites were terrified but Moses said: Do not be afraid. Stand firm…. The Lord will fight for you: you only need to be still. And as the song goes, the horse and riders were plunged in to the sea.
Does this ever happen to you? You have a problem, you see a solution and plunge into action: maybe it is having a difficult conversation, addressing a problem with someone, or a knee-jerk reaction to a change you weren't expecting. We try fighting against the thing with our own strength, ploughing into the situation.
But Exodus 14 says: the Lord will fight for you, you only need to be still. Beeee ….. stiiiiiilll…… Instead of acting rashly in terror, take some time to be still with God. Ask him for guidance and wisdom. Listen and consider.
Lord, help us to still our hearts and minds and listen to you and trust you. Amen