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“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” —Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
Moses spoke this brief, but very inspiring declaration to the Children of Israel as the Egyptians were closing in on them at the Red Sea. Prior to this event, the Egyptians had held the Israelites as slaves for approximately 400 years. And by God’s providential push, the Israelites were finally released by Pharaoh, only for the king to quickly change his mind and try to recapture them.
I can just imagine the terror that Pharaoh’s approaching army would have stirred in the hearts of these newly released people. They figured they would either be annihilated by the swords of this bloodthirsty army or pushed out into watery graves of the Red Sea. So I’m sure this made it ever so difficult for the Israelites to believe this promise of God spoken over them in that moment. It probably sounded ridiculous, even trite in such a threatening climate and conflict.
Still, the Children of Israel should have remembered how, just days and weeks before, God had miraculously sent ten plagues on Egypt to convince Pharaoh to let His people go. Certainly, this was still fresh in Pharaoh’s mind, since the last plague took the life of his firstborn son. In fact, this tragic event was why this powerful king wanted these Hebrew people out of his sight . . . until he didn’t.
So what was God up to? Did this conflict and problem just get away from Him?
Not a chance!
It seems that God wanted to convince these people all the more of His power by demonstrating yet again to both peoples—Egyptians and Israelites—how fiercely He could and would fight for His beloved children. Without this overwhelming opportunity to trust God and watch Him deliver them, they and we would not have known just how mighty God truly is!
This reminds me that there are many times in life when the worst-case scenario is happening or about to happen—leaving me shaking in my boots. However, those harsh and threatening circumstances are what God is always using to turn my eyes back to Him and His triumphant power in my life.
What’s even more remarkable is that you and I don’t have to do a single thing! We simply need to be still while the Lord does the fighting for us. How amazing is that?
Who or what are you letting intimidate and threaten you in life?
What keeps you from turning your conflict and trouble over to God to let Him fight for you?
Father, it is so easy for me to let my problems and conflicts loom large—pulling my eyes and faith away from You. But this verse, and the crisis it recalls, serves to remind me of Your awesome power and love. You never lose control, no matter how threatening my enemy or conflict might seem in the moment to me. It’s simply a chance to prove Your love, if I will only stand back and watch You fight for me! So give me that kind of faith today—letting You knock down every threat that comes my way. In Jesus’ name, amen.