Welcome back! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Today, I’m continuing my Life Verses series. It is going in chronological order of when they impacted my life, so make sure you read Part One and Part Two!
The next verse in this series is Exodus 14:14:
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
I clung to this verse during the season when I was attending college on-campus. I had many problems with paperwork, the staff weren’t always helpful, and a teacher whom I seemed to always fight with over grades. It was during this time that Exodus 14:14 came back to the forefront of my mind (it had also been influential during the time that I clung to Proverbs 31:25, as I learned to walk in strength and dignity).
I learned that instead of arguing with those around me when things didn’t work out to instead treat them with kindness and pray about it. After I prayed, I would do my best to let it roll off my shoulders, and it all worked out. Every single thing. I learned there was no need to worry, be anxious, or work myself up into a tizzy; if I gave it to God, He fought the battle for me.
In the message from church two weeks ago, the pastor brought a different perspective for me to this verse. He pointed out that the verse says to be still, not to stay still. In context, this is taking place as the Israelites are being chased by the Egyptians and God is about to part the Red Sea for them to cross over. If they stood still, they would be overtaken, but when they continued on in the midst of their fear and let God fight the battle, they saw the miracle of God winning the victory for them.
I’ve learned to still my soul and let it rest in the quiet confidence that my God will fight my battles for me, but it doesn’t stop my feet from moving forward into where God is leading me.
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