This scripture is the exception. It says simply: "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Certainly, the context of this verse is fascinating. Moses has led the nation of Israel out of Egypt, and out of slavery to the Pharaoah. The Pharoah and his army is in deadly pursuit of the Israelites. Imagine seeing the legions of Pharoah's army: the dust cloud created by chariot after chariot and horses, heavily armed soldiers on foot. You, on the other hand, are unarmed, hungry, worn out from a lifetime of slavery. A gut-wrenching sense of panic overwhelms you. You can almost feel the sharp edge of the Egyptian sword bearing down on your neck.
God tells you to be still.
It's is exactly the opposite of what every fiber, every cell in your body are telling you to do. Your legs tremble involuntarily, poised to run to your inevitable death.
He tells you that He will fight for you.
This requires a kind of faith that you know you don't have, a super-human faith. You think: "How could anyone just be still when the Egyptian army is moments away from slaughtering me and everyone around me?" It is clearly hopeless.
What follows is arguably the greatest miracle described in the Old Testament. You've probably heard it called "the parting of the Red Sea." Moses stretches out his hand and the Israelites cross over the sea bed. He does it again, and the sea consumes the entire Pharoah army- every single one of them.
Are you in the middle of something today that seems hopeless? Perhaps its the loss of a job or your home, or your spouse. Or, maybe life has simply beaten you down. You are like the Israelite slaves, beaten and worn out from servitude to a life that doesn't really care what happens to you. It's a life that has taken from you and replaced it with an unbearable emptiness.
He will fight for you.
But you have to let Him do it. And here's another thing. Often, He knows better than we do, what is best for us. This means that our prayers, at least for the moment, remain unanswered. The truth, however, is that even as you read this, He is in the process of answering your prayers. It may not always look exactly like you thought it would look, but He will answer them. And with the passage of time, you look back and realize that He did fight for you. He did it better than anything you could have imagined.
I've seen it happen time and time again in my own life. Certainly, there are times when I pray for something and the prayer is answered exactly. But more often than not, I pray for something that I realize later (based upon the way He answered that prayer), that I was so near-sighted by the situation before me that I didn't really even know what to pray for.
But He did.
So, sometimes it's best to simply be still. Let Him handle it.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if you do, He will.
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