Following on yesterday’s post (and Tesa’s excellent comment!), I thought I would share another reflection by Amy Carmichael on the same topic: listening–or rather the importance of not listening–to the voice of the Enemy.
Exodus 14.3 Pharaoh will say . . . They are entangled in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.
Sometimes when problems come up and we see no way through, or when souls we love seem entangled, we are tempted to think of what Pharaoh will say. There can be no entanglement, the wilderness cannot possibly shut in anyone whom God is leading Home. It has been said, “What we see as problems, God sees as solutions”; and what we have to do through the age-long minute* before we see is to wait in peace and refuse to be hustled. “Fear not, stand still,” and sooner or later, you shall “see the salvation of the Lord” (v. 13). There will be no entanglement.
And is it not comforting that the Lord Jesus knows beforehand what Pharaoh will say? So we need not pay the slightest attention to him, even if he does make discouraging remarks. The last word is never with Pharaoh. What is he but a “noise” (Jer 46.17)? So let us trust and not be afraid.
(Edges of His Ways, p. 40)
*Amy is referring here to the “age-long minute” between when the storm on the sea began for the disciples and when Jesus came to them walking on the water and calmed the sea.