“And Moses said to them, ‘Stand still, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you’” (Numbers 9.8 NKJV).
Life is messy and circumstances are often times not what they seem. That is why God says He judges our hearts and not necessarily the outlook of our situations. The world is corrupted by sin, and its influence elbows its way into even the best of ministries, families and lives. The Israelites were about to celebrate their second Passover to commemorate when God’s judgment passed over them in Egypt. However, some of the people were unable to observe this holiday because they were either far away or ceremonially unclean. Instead of going strictly by the book, Moses told these people to “stand still,” so that he could ask the Lord what to do. God lovingly allowed these people to celebrate Passover a month later. He looked past the external evidence and into the hearts of people desiring to honor Him. It is easy as Christians to put our view of God’s standards above the movement of His Holy Spirit. However, God sees what we do not, and we must always “stand still” and pray before moving on any assumptions formed by our limited viewpoints. Once we realize how dim our eyes are compared to the bright eyes of Christ, we will never presume to act until we have sought the will of God.
“…For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16.7b AMP).