“Moses answered the people, ‘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.’” (Exodus 14:13-14 NIV)
Just try and picture it…the Israelites had finally left Egypt, the land they had been held as slaves for 400 years (possibly 430 years). They were harshly mistreated day after day until finally they were released to leave by only the miraculous works of God, and through Moses’ obedience to God’s voice. Three days they had been walking the wilderness, camping in various areas along the way, but knowing they were on their way to the promised land, never to be slaves again. Yet as they were camped near the Red Sea, they heard the sound of all of Pharoah’s army with his chariots and horses coming toward them, chasing them. What a deafening sound of rage with the pounding of hooves and the racket of chariot wheels on the rocks. They had nowhere to escape, no backup plan, no way to defend themselves. It’s done. It’s over. So much for a great plan, Moses.
Have you ever felt like this? Like there was no way out of your situation? Like the walls are closing in on you, and any chance of freedom or hope is gone? Well that’s how they felt. There was no humanly way possible anything good would come out of this predicament. Their lives were over, or best case, they were headed straight back to slavery.
These moments are defining. Maybe you’re not about to be killed by an army of thousands, but I’m sure you’ve faced a brick wall a time or two. I’m sure you’ve felt defeated, hopeless, lost, alone, no answers, no direction at some point in your life. Maybe you’re in that place now. But these moments show what and WHO we trust. Do we trust what the world tells us? Or do we trust God in his supernatural ability, to come and rescue us?
In this crucial moment, Moses tells the people that the Lord will fight for them…that they only needed to be still. Do you know what it means to ‘be still’? It means quieting your spirit, removing thoughts of fear and replacing them with His truth. It means composing yourself and not complaining or expressing your current thoughts. It’s finding confidence in God alone and finding His peace. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
God tells us over and over again in His word to trust Him and Him alone. He tells us to renew our mind and our thoughts because He knows our mind is a battlefield – probably the biggest battlefield we will ever face. But it can be overcome by His word and through prayer. By replacing your fear with words of truth, because HE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU TODAY. He fought for the Israelites on that day in such an incredible way. He parted the Red Sea and allowed them to cross over on dry ground and defeated the Egyptian army as the water crashed over them when they tried to pass through. God loves you as much as He loves the Israelites – you are part of the grafted-in vine. He will go to bat for you and He will help you out of any situation you are stuck in, no matter how large or small. Trust Him – which comes from the discipline of prayer and of controlling your thoughts. Stop trying on your own. LET HIM FIGHT.