Monday, May 5, 2014

God’s Got This

The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” Exodus 14:14 (NASB)

This verse is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.  God will fight for me! He is my advocate and my protector.  There have been times in life when I fought the battles, but there came a point when I needed a break.  I had no more energy – spiritual, emotional, or physical and I had done all I could do.  I was finished but He picked up the fight at that point and went forth in my stead. 

Just at the last minute, when you are depleted and the impossible looms ahead of you, God comes to save you.  Moses and the Children of Israel were in this exact place.  They were running from Pharaoh and now they were stuck with nothing but a sea in front of them.  There was nowhere to go and nothing they could do.  They could do nothing but God in His power could part the waters.  We have to learn the limitations of our own resources.  God can part waters, move mountains, and defeat the largest and most powerful armies.  He can fight for you when you can’t go any further. 
The Catch…While you Keep Silent

Here is the catch.  Sometimes it is hard to keep our mouth shut.  Emotions can distort our reality and when our emotions take over in a weak moment it can cause us to speak out in anger and bitterness with hostility – a very bad combination.   The words may be the very thing you need to say, but at that point it becomes the right thing to say in the wrong way at the wrong time.  If we don’t take a breath and think clearly before we speak, we can expend a lot of energy saying things that are not really constructive and which might even be destructive. We also have to keep our minds and spirits quiet during this time.  If we have an imaginary conversation in our head with someone we are upset with, sometimes it is so easy for those words to pop right out before you can stop them.  If you have thought it, it is easier to say.  Pray hard and ask God for patience and to give you wisdom while He is fighting for you.  

God is in control and He promises to fight our battles for us but we have to be willing to let Him have the lead.  We are not supposed to be in the background like a back seat driver telling Him exactly how we want it to turn out.  We are human and God knows this.  But He wants us to trust Him.  He wants us to let go and let Him fight for us.  He knows what is happening in your life.  He sees the injustice and the trials you are bearing.  Take a step back when you feel you are losing control.  Pray and ask God to calm your spirit and allow Him to work according to His plan. 

Make no mistake this verse does not mean that God expects us to sit still and do nothing.  This is not a pass for you to sit in the stands and be a cheerleader for God.  Sometimes faith requires being still and waiting patiently, but most of the time faith in God requires action.  There are times when He expects us to fight the battle while He is there fighting alongside us or even behind us.  He is waiting and watching, ready to take our place when we fall.  He sees your pain and He sees your struggle.  This verse is a promise that when we can’t fight, He will fight for us.

We can find such great comfort and security knowing that when we have reached the end of our efforts and strength, our God will take over for us.  He is our rock, our strength when we are weak. He is the lifter of our head and our rescuer. 

Scripture to claim:
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.  Isaiah 46:4

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