Verse 14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Yesterday we talked about how fearful the Israelites were when they saw the Egyptian army coming.
The Israelites were apparently looking at themselves as the slaves they had been instead of the mighty nation that God had called them out of Egypt to be. They outnumbered the Egyptians, in fact that is the very reason that they were made slaves in the first place (Exodus 1:8-10). So their fear was based totally on their former circumstances and not on their current situation.
Not only did they outnumber the Egyptians, they didn’t have to be functioning totally on their human power. You see, they were still seeing themselves as slaves to the Egyptians instead of a nation of God’s choosing. They were living in fear of those that had held them in bondage instead of fear the One that had set them free.
Moses hadn’t felt qualified to be the leader of this nation but God knew that he would be the one that would remember who God was and what He is capable of. While the rest of the nation is wanting to give up before they have even started, Moses stands up and points out the missing element in their journey – total faith in God. They weren’t surrendered to God and His deliverance in their lives. They felt the trials of slavery were easier than the fear of being caught by the Egyptians.
Moses knew that this was God’s fight, not theirs and so they needed to depend on God and His way of doing things. They were to be still. They were to find their dependence on Him and not themselves. It seems even as slaves they felt like they were the ones that we making their way through life. It wasn’t an easy life but it was safe if they did what they were supposed to do. God was needing them to understand that safe in bondage isn’t as good as being free in the midst of danger.
We often find ourselves in the same place mentally as the Israelites were that day. It is easier to be safe in the bondage of living life as we always have instead of stepping out in faith of God and being still in Him. Something else we do is try to live life on our own strength. He needs us to be still in His power and rest in dependence on Him. And when we are still, He will do our fighting for us.
Making It Personal
What does it mean to you to be still in dependence of God? In what ways are you trying to work your life out independently from God? What do you need to surrender to Him?
Making It Personal Kids
Is it hard for you to sit still? Why is it hard to be still? Why did God want the Israelites to be still?
Father, so often we try to do it ourselves and we get in Your way. Please help us to remember that sometimes we need to be still so that You can fight for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.