“And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.’” Exodus 14:13-14 (ESV)
How do you fight the battles in your life? Maybe you are like me in that it seems as if, when I’ve just finished facing and fighting one conflict, another scrimmage has already begun. I’ve faced and continue to face many struggles in my life, as I’m sure you do too. I believe we all wrestle with tests, challenges, and spiritual warfare just about every single day. Sadly, it’s the reality of living in a sin-filled world.
Generally, we all contend with different kinds of battles from day to day. The combat can be in a range of areas such as physical, psychological, emotional, or spiritual. Those who contend with physical issues may have to wrestle regularly with chronic or serious health problems. Emotional turmoil may stem from negative encounters with family members, co-workers, or neighbors. Psychological warfare often arises from life experiences that cause self-esteem issues. And, spiritual grappling is frequently entangled with doubt. Internal brawls can attack in many different forms.
In many different circumstances, the Israelites tended to take their eyes off the Lord and focus solely on their immediate situations. Unfortunately, this has become a habit of which most Christians are guilty. A perfect example can be found in chapter 14 of Exodus. God had graciously delivered the Israelites out of their bondage in Egypt, but Pharaoh’s army was coming after them in a hot pursuit with the intent to slaughter. At this point, the Israelites became terrified and thought they were going to die. Moses had the huge task of helping them stay focused on the Lord’s leading which ultimately gave them their freedom and victory.
Every time we take our eyes off of the Lord and put them on our struggles, what usually results is fear, discouragement, anxiety, and hopelessness. When we experience these things, we need to stop our thought trains and turn our entire focus onto God by remembering His promises. If need be, repeat aloud that Jesus is on your side and will fight for you because He said He would; and He can’t be defeated. In Isaiah 54:17 God Himself says …
“… no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from Me. I, the LORD, have spoken!” (NLT)
It’s important to note that God did not say that no weapons would ever form against us; but He did clearly state that none of them would be victorious over us. This is why it’s equally important to read the Bible avidly so that you’ll know what He promised. Knowing His promises will disable the enemy from tricking you into bouts of anxiety and despair.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s hard for me to shut up and be still. I’m a doer! Taking action is one of my “type A” personality traits. But, I’m learning how and when to be hushed verbally and physically. I strive daily to let Christ be the God of my words and actions, while I trust Him with every detail of my life. Psalm 46:10 says …
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (NLT)
When we regularly devote the time to be still in mind, body, and spirit, spending time with God in prayer, He often reveals Himself to us in different ways. Thus, we learn how to enter into His rest and strength. We learn how to walk by faith and not by sight, as well as how to truly find His mercy and grace fully sufficient for whatever turmoil awaits us.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Abundant blessings, Judy
Edited by: Min. Tracey Carson