No Horses to Hold (Part 1) (by Ben Johnson)

Believe or not, I was a rather rambunctious and mischievous child. I am not exaggerating when I say that my mom has told me that had I been the first child, there may not have been a second. I often heard the phrase to hold my horses. As a kid, I never understood it because I had no horses to hold but that’s not the point. The point was that I needed to be still and calm down.

Growing up in church, I also heard many different phrases as well. One of those phrases that I heard is that we should stand still and let God move. It can also be put that we should be still till God says for us to go. It has subtle varieties but at the core it is the same: sit still or as my parents put it, “hold your horses”.Horses

It sounds like a nice phrase and it can even sound biblical when you look at a story like the children of Israel running from Pharaoh’s army and Moses cries out, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD”. Many will quote Moses and try to give that as a command for us, but you have to read the whole story.

Although Moses was commanding the children of Israel to stand still, that is not what God wanted. And in Moses’ defense, I can understand why he would say to stand still. No doubt, he thought God was going to perform some great feat to destroy Pharaoh’s army right then and there.But  God then tells Moses this: “And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:”  (emphasis added)

Moses was saying to stand still but it was God who was saying to keep going. No matter what any man may say, God’s command is still the same: Go.

Many today are holding their horses. They are standing still because they believe that they need to wait for God to say go. They forget that he has already said to go and what holds them back is what they have been taught by man or perhaps more accurately, being entangled with the affairs of this life. We need to remember that God has called us to go, not stand still.

But what about that verse that says to be still and know that He is God? Well, I will deal with that next week.


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