A Time To Do Nothing
There are times when we must do nothing, when we must sit
still and wait upon the Lord to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Isaiah 30:7, speaks of a time. The Assyrians were
about to invade Judah.
And the people of Judah
decided, contrary to the explicit command of God, to go down to Egypt
for help. God sent Isaiah to them with this message - "The Egyptians shall
help in vain and to no purpose: Therefore have I cried concerning this,"
(not in all things, but concerning this), "Their strength is to sit
still." There is time to do nothing, but to simply sit still, confidently
trusting the Lord God, looking to him to intervene on our behalf.
We are to sit still wait on God when we can do nothing to help
ourselves. When the destroying angel passed through Egypt,
the children of Israel
were to sit still in their homes, behind the blood sprinkled door, and wait on
God to deliver them. On that night of awesome judgment, their strength was to
sit still. At the Red Sea, with the sea before them, the
mountains beside them, Pharoah behind them and fear within them, having no
weapons to defend themselves, they were commanded to "Stand still, and see
the salvation of the Lord." Their strength was to sit still. And with
regard to the salvation of our souls, our strength is to sit still (Isa.
30:15). We must return to the Lord. But, returning to him, we must rest
ourselves in him. We must sit still. Salvation comes to those who sit still at
the throne of grace and cease from their own works.
We are to sit still when no means can be used that will not
dishonor our God. We are sometimes tempted to deliver ourselves from trouble,
or secure some promise of God by means that are contrary to faith and
dishonoring to God. But we must not do so. That is how Abraham got Ishmael,
Jacob got Leah and Judah
lost everything! Daniel and his companions could have easily escaped the lion's
den and the fiery furnace. But their only means of doing so involved
compromise, unbelief and the dishonoring of God. So they sat still. What
happened? Christ revealed himself to them in the furnace and in the lion's den.
The Lord was with them. And the Lord delivered them. He will do the same for
us! When we do nothing that would not dishonor our God, our strength is to sit