readying for the fight

by Pastor Mark Jordan

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“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14, NIV) 

Today’s verse is one that really strikes me. It’s one I’m sure I’ve ready many times over, but I saw it the other day on a placard in a friend’s office, and the next day it popped up as the YouVersion verse of the day. The context for the verse is Moses is leading the Israelites on their Exodus journey, and the people were leery of the fights ahead. They thought they’d rather go back to slavery in Egypt, because at least then, they knew what to expect. Think of it like the old saying that goes, “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.”

So how does this read to you? Have you been so torn about where to go you’d forego the promises of what’s ahead because of the comfort of what’s behind? That turmoil can make it feel like you’re in a heavyweight title bout with yourself. Head spinning. Senses heightened. Heart racing. Muscles aching from static expenditures. It’s a wonder why we engage in such a struggle, but we do. All too often.

In the middle of that struggle, I want to encourage you to remember Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” We might not want to, but we do frequently stand between God and the fight as though we can manage it ourselves. God is infinitely stronger, and can fight infinitely longer. Why would you try to out-god God? Don’t!

Are you in a fight right now? Know in faith that the Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for standing between me and the battles I face. Forgive me for the times I try and take them on myself. Help me be still while you engage the enemy, even if that enemy is in me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.