Read Exodus 14:13-14
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.”
How does knowing that God is fighting your battles affect your attitude in the midst of struggle?
Many of us are in trying times right now. As believers, we know that God has promised us victory in Jesus. And yet, sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. Sometimes, every day feels like a major battle.
Maybe that’s what the Israelites felt like during the Exodus. God had promised them the victory. He had promised them deliverance from the Egyptians. But just as they were escaping, they see Pharaoh in pursuit and begin to panic. They thought they were in for a major battle. They saw the skilled army on chariots descending upon them and just knew it was a battle they were bound to lose. They began to accuse Moses of leading them out into the desert to die. They began to imagine that their old life in chains was better than whatever lay ahead of them. Even though they’d been promised salvation and deliverance, they started to doubt. They doubted to the point that they were willing to settle for the oppression they once knew than to trust God for their freedom and the better life He had promised.
They doubted because they forgot that they weren’t the ones fighting the battle. And they forgot how powerful the One who was fighting their battle was. It is interesting that they were able to forget that God was with them because in Exodus 13:21-22 we read that as they left Egypt the LORD’s presence was physically in their midst in the form of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. It says that His presence never left it’s place in front of the people. But they must have taken their eyes off of God’s presence and focused their eyes on the army bearing down on them.
It’s also interesting that they had forgotten the mighty power of the One who was with them. They had just witnessed the plagues on Egypt and they had seen God’s salvation when He spared them during the Passover. How could they doubt His ability to keep them safe?
Friends, it is so easy for us to forget the very same things. We forget that God is with us, we forget He is fighting our battles for us, and we forget just how powerful He is. We don’t have God’s presence in a pillar of cloud or fire, but we do have His presence with us all times and in all places. The Holy Spirit dwells within us. Our problems are not too big for Him to take care of. He can fight our battles. We just need to keep our eyes on Him and be still before Him in faith.
LORD, there is nothing too hard for You. You are mighty to save. Thank You for fighting my battles. Help me to keep my eyes on You so that I can have faith and trust You. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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