Shake Off Your Dust

There are times to wait for the Lord to overtake you with His voice, times to be still till you know exactly what His directions and marching orders are. Then there are those times (like I felt Him stir in me the other day and was reminded of a few minutes ago) that we move forward with the faith that He is ordering our steps...times to shake off the dust and free ourselves from the chains on our necks.

There are two Scriptures stirring in me that I must share, because I want it conveyed that this is not just my opinion. Isaiah 52 opens with powerful words for a captive people:

"Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendor, Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive."

I also think of when Moses and the multitudes of God's people stood on the shore of The Red Sea. The people were whining and complaining because they were surrounded by impossible circumstances, with death seemingly the only outcome to be gained. Moses in essence told them not to be afraid, that the Lord would fight for them. "...you need only to be still." I absolutely love what the Lord said to Moses right after that:

“Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to move on."

Maybe it's just me, but sometimes I feel like the Lord is looking at me as I sit and make sure that I absolutely know His will in a situation...and that He is saying, "Why are you crying out to Me? You know My voice, and You know what I have told you before this...just keep walking by faith."

We may see a Red Sea taunting us, but He doesn't see anything that He cannot move. We may feel heavy chains around our necks, but there are times when He says: "Free yourself from the chains..."

We may see nothing but our weakness, but then He reminds us that He has provided us with the garments of His Strength.

Yes, I believe with all of my heart that there is a time to be still and to wait on the Lord. However, I also understand from the Word and experience with my Lord that are times to free myself, clothe myself and move forward. It isn't always about hearing a fresh, new Word from the Lord as much as it is about obeying what He told you last time and all the times before that until you hear Him speak again. I challenge you and myself to take what He has already provided and walk in it.

Father, I trust You, I trust all that You have already taught me in the past. I choose to keep obeying Your leading and remembering the ways You have led me always. You are faithful. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Scripture:

Isaiah 52:1-2

Exodus 14:10-18

Ecclesiastes 3:1

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