This is Living
The Lord will fight for you. You only need to be still.
I came across this verse when someone posted it on Instagram a few weeks ago, and it is one of those verses that hasn't left my mind since I saw it. It intrigued me, comforted me and challenged me all at the same time.
The verse comes in the middle of a chapter where Moses and the Israelites (God's people) were fleeing Pharaoh, who had been oppressing them and treating them as slaves. This verse comes just as Moses and the Israelites have the Red Sea in front of them, and Pharaoh's army closing in behind them. It looks like they are trapped, and either they drown in the sea, or have to face battle with Pharaoh's army. In the midst of this, the Israelites cry out to God, and Moses says:
"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Be still?! Surely they should be running, preparing to fight, or at least just doing something. But "be still"?
Moses had great faith in God, and I think that Moses is reminding us, as well as the Israelites, that we have a God who works miracles, who fights for us, and is so much more powerful than we can really ever grasp.
He says, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
We need to keep on reminding ourselves of who He is, because when we do, we see that we can totally trust in Him and be still. He WILL fight for us. We can trust in the God who lavished his love on us. He is in control and sovereign over all our problems, disappointments, anxieties, our future, our relationships - everything.
We need to stop trying to control everything and instead encounter Jesus, spend time in his presence and engage our hearts with who he is.
If we are just trying to get through the week or month without any major disasters, or if we just want to get things done so that we can get onto the next thing or the next stage of life, we might be in danger of missing out. I am often tempted to slip into this mentality - I think that once I get to Thursday, or once I've done this exam, or once I've organised that event or saved up that much money, then I will truly trust God with all areas of my life. I need to ask God to change this way of thinking and turn it on its head. I want my heart to be 100% secure in the truth that all I need is found in Him.
We come alive in Christ, and he sets us free. As Hillsong Young & Free put it: this is living! Let's ask the Holy Spirit to be at work in our hearts so that our faith is THE thing that truly sustains us, our source of energy, joy, excitement and life.
God loves us, and He will fight for us.
Emma graduated from Cambridge 3 years ago, and now works in Finance. She said ‘I Do’ to the wonderful Luke in April and loves being part of Team Pendlebury! Emma's other passions include leading music at church, doing Pilates & eating salted caramel ice cream! She is so loving seeing God use More Precious to grow his kingdom.