Benjamin Franklin said, “God helps those who help themselves.” What do you think? Compare Moses. He faced the Red Sea to his front, the armies of Pharaoh to his rear, and the incessant grumbling of God’s people with him. “Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent’” (Exodus 14:13-14).
Sometimes it is appropriate to stand by quietly and watch God. Psalm 46:10 reminds us, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” We need to take time to contemplate the greatness and goodness of God.
Our culture is adverse to this. We crave adrenaline highs induced by athletics, entertainment, and the pressures of work. Can we be still? It is foreign to our dispositions. Do we contemplate eternal things? We have no time with work and precious little time for entertainment.
We would undoubtedly experience less anxiety and fear if we took time to contemplate the eternal. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
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