“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13.
We see leading up to this verse that Pharaoh had just let the people of Israel go and they were leaving Egypt heading for the Promised Land. But instead of going through the land of the Philistines; which would have been faster, God led them through the edge of the wilderness. The Philistines were at war and God didn’t want the people to change their minds and head back to Egypt when they saw all of the turmoil. So He took them by the way of the wilderness.
I have to stop and ponder on the fact that God didn’t allow the Israelites to take the closer, quicker way out of Egypt. There have been so many times in my life when I have prayed for a quick deliverance only to realize that it was going to take awhile to receive the answer to my prayer. Although delay is not denial, I begin to grow weak in my battle. I question why I can’t just be completely delivered from my problems. God instead led the Israelites through the wilderness. Did He do this because the Israelites needed to learn to fully rely on Him? Or maybe it was because all they did was doubt God’s provision and He wanted to reveal Himself in a powerful way.
As Pharaoh’s heart grew harder, and the Egyptians began to surround the Israelites, fear began to rise and they began to cry out to God.
God’s reply to them was to fear not and to stand firm. He was going to fight the battle for them. How many times in our lives do we forget the fact that God wants to fight our battles for us? Why do we try to fight our battles in our own strength? We pray, rebuke, quote scriptures, and fast all the while not asking God what He wants us to do to win our battles. After being brought down to our knees from the weariness we caused ourselves, we realize that our own efforts are not working.
Many times, God will bring us to our knees so He can raise us up. It is at this moment that we hear the loving voice of our Father telling us “Don’t be afraid. Stand still and let me fight this battle for you.” You see, God never intended for us to fight our own battles. But many times we forget this and we try to fight the battle ourselves. We allow our pride to set in and we miss the very miracle that God wants to do for us. I have to wonder how many miracles I have missed in my life because I didn’t allow God to take care of my battle. I took things in my own hands and grew faint in fighting my battles and I gave up instead of just standing still.
I believe that God will sometimes make things so uncomfortable for us that we have nowhere else to go but on our knees. When we have completely emptied ourselves of us, we realize how much we need God and then He can move on our behalf. We are no longer in the way. When you feel like the battle is raging the most, surrender. Not to the enemy, but to the God who can overcome the enemy. Then just stand and watch what God will do for you!
The Israelites stood and saw the deliverance of God. Exodus 14:21 says:
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the waters divide.”
God had a way out of the battle that the Israelites were going through. They only needed to stand and trust God to protect and deliver them. To man, things looked impossible, but God always has a way of deliverance for you. In fact, verse 25 says:
“Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”
Your enemy knows the power of your God. We need to stop allowing the battles of our lives to cause us to forget the power of our God. When the battles are raging, and the wind is blowing, we need to dig in our heels and just stand. Allow God to fight for you.