Those of you that know me know that I love to talk, and I’m pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. Sometimes I will ramble on and on and on without ever having a point. I run into this problem with God too. I will be reading my Bible or having my prayer time and my mind will be racing. It’s happened to me before when I was praying and God will just tell me to “Shut up!”. It’s comforting to me that I’m not the only one with this problem. In Exodus 14, Israel is fleeing from the Egyptians. When the Israelites saw the Egyptians coming closer, they began to be afraid and started regretting their decision to leave Egypt. In verse 14 God uses Moses to tell them to “Shut up!”:
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
God was completely in control of the situation, He didn’t need the Israelites to be talking to Him, giving Him their suggestions or interpretations on what was happening. I recently heard a preacher say “God doesn’t want suggestions, He wants surrender”. This is what this verse is saying, surrender and be silent before God and watch as miraculous things unfold. For me, this is a very hard thing for me to do, I have problems sitting and being silent. Even though it can be difficult, sometimes we just need to sit, be still and silent before God, instead of giving Him a to-do list or complaining about a situation.
So, my question to you is are you giving endless suggestions, or are you surrendered before God?