The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. | Exodus 14:14
I love to think of myself as being independent and self-sufficient – but let’s be honest. I am far from either! If you are anything like me, you think you have some semblance of control over aspects of your life. Maybe this manifests itself as a routine, a to-do list, or even a 401k. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these things at all! When the rubber hits the road, real life is absolutely unpredictable and scary. It’s during the times of trials that I truly realize how DEPENDENT I am on Jesus.
A great example of this is in the book of Exodus. The epic way of how God delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. Here’s the context of the passage: After enduring the plagues, Pharaoh finally allowed Israel to leave. However, before you could say “sayonara,” Pharaoh actually changed his mind and decided to chase after the Israelites with his army! Talk about unfair! How could a group of builders and slaves possibly defend themselves against one of the greatest military forces of that age?
What did Israel do? Well, they did what any average human would do in that situation… Israel complained and became overly dramatic! The people were understandably scared that they had left their captors only to be killed in the wilderness. I love what Moses says to the people in verse 13:
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.
Who is the one working? God is the ONLY one who is bringing salvation ON OUR BEHALF. It’s amazing to see a picture of the Gospel so early on in the Old Testament! Look at what happens next in the chapter. God gives Moses the instructions to part the Red Sea. Then, as the people of Israel walk across dry land, the Angel of God who was leading the people in front as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night MOVED BEHIND the entire group of Israel.
God protected His people by getting in between the Egyptian army and the Israelites. God kept His word when He promised that the people would never see the Egyptians again that day. As the Israelites just kept walking, God was the one who did ALL of the work. By using His power, God single-handedly wiped out the Egyptian army that day!
Okay people, maybe you aren’t being chased down by the Egyptian army, but regardless of what is challenging you today, you can rest assured that God will fight for you! I am preaching to myself as much as to you! We have no reason to fear or doubt. We need to surrender the fight into the hands of the only One who has a better record than Mayweather. He will always be in your corner, and He already has the victory.