The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. -Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
Be still and know that I am God. -Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight. -2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
A fellow agent shared this verse with another agent, who’s going through a really tough trial. And this verse is one of my favorites, because we often can forget to be still and let God do His thing. We struggle so much with the evidence our eyes and ears and brains see that we’ll let it overrun our nerves and steal the very peace God is offering us all along.
When we rewind to the second book of the bible, we see the Israelites on the run from Pharaoh’s armies. The Israelites have faced relentless oppression in Egypt for centuries, and now they were running through the desert to a dead end: the Red Sea. The Egyptian armies were closing in on them, and there was no reason to believe there was any way out of the situation…that there was no reason to have hope.
Drown in the sea or be brutally slaughtered by armed forces? The Israelites complained to Moses: Why didn’t you just leave us in servitude in Egypt, rather than to die out here in the desert? We had it better under the Egyptians!
But God would deliver them, and give them a logically impossible option that, despite their focus on self and away from Him, would deliver them and glorify Him. God had Moses assure the Israelites to just trust in Him and let Him fight for them. But their eyes and ears dominated their hearts with fear.
God had Moses part the Red Sea, and the Israelites ran across bone dry sand to the other side. The Egyptian armies gave chase, and just as they were about to catch the Israelites, God dropped the sea waters back down on the armies, drowning every single one of them.
When we’re cornered by a situation, may we also look to God to fight for us when we see no reason to hope. Our hope is in Him alone, and in Him always, for He loves His children and will fight for us…we only need to be still.