The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. - Exodus 14:14
Have you ever found yourself in a place where it seems the more you fight, the worse things get? I find that I have a tendency to control what I can. And to make matters worse, I often try to control what I cannot. One paradox I’ve found since I met Jesus is the reality that freedom comes through submission. The more I try to work things out, the more entangled I become in my own web. Time and again while I was growing up, I heard what I thought was a rather odd illustration. Now, keep in mind that I never grew up around a ranch, near the woods, or lived on a farm. The youth minister shared of how our lives are much like riding a horse. The question always came back to this – who has your reigns? The basic idea, I gathered, was that God desires to be the captain of our ship – the “One with the reigns.” He alone wants to plot our course, to guide our journey, to lead us in the way we should go.
I find it difficult to comprehend that anyone would really fight for me. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time trying to fight my own fights. I find it fascinating that what would be one of the greatest exploits of God’s miracle power in the Exodus account (loving-kindness!) was also filled with faithless, whining, ungrateful people who’d been oppressed for over 400 years. If you consider the context of Exodus 14:14, you see that they had already departed Egypt (!) and when they saw that Pharoah was following they are ready to toss in the towel. Did they truly think that the same God who had brought them all that way would just leave them hanging?! The fact is, like many of us, they didn’t understand that when God fights for you, no one can withstand Him. Paul hits on this in his letter to the church in Rome when he said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). It’s that simple – if God is in this thing, no one can thwart His plan.
So, are there areas in your life where you are trying to do God’s job? Are there things you need to lay at His feet once again? Are you in a place where you’re crying out in the desert to the Lord, “Have you brought me out here to the desert to die?” If so, find out what it means to “be still.” Maybe the question for you isn’t “what more do I need to do?” Maybe it’s “what do I need to let go of?”
Question of the Day:
Am I trying to fight God’s fight?