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.” Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)
Don’t just sit there paralyzed in your fear. What would you have me do? You tell me. Well, if I’m sitting here paralyzed in my fear, it’s a good bet that once again I am relying on myself to try to fight the battle that is before me right now. You want me to come to rely on you. You don’t want me to rely on myself. My own power and strength will never get me through the battles of life.
No, it will not. You want me to trust you to help me through the battles that I will face in life. Yes, I do. I wonder how many battles I will need to go through before I learn to rely on you completely. Based on my track record, I wonder if I will ever come to fully rely on you in the battles of life. Is that a question? I guess it is. More and more you are learning to rely on me. So, don’t become discouraged. Don’t give up. Keep learning to rely on me. Learning to rely on me is a lesson that will continue until the day you come to live forever in heaven with me. That’s what I thought. Be encouraged though, because you are making great progress in learning to rely on me to help you. I will. That will be very good.
Now, there are two concepts that I want you to consider as you rely on me. What are they? First, I want you to learn to be still as you trust me. I want you to be still so you can hear and see me at work to help you. Don’t frantically race around trying to pull together all your resources. Your resources will never be enough to win your battles in life. Learn that the battle is not yours. Learn that the battle is mine. Watch and see me fight for you. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
What I am about to say may seem contradictory. There is a time to cry out. There is a time to pray. There is a time to ask for my help. There is a time to rely fully on me. There is a time to watch and wait and look and listen for my help in your battle. Then a time will come for you to move on. Relying on me will require you to get up, get going and move on. Relying on me fully will require you to trust that I will fight in you, with you, for you and through you. Yes, you will also be required to fight. But, there is a big difference in how you will be fighting. How so? You will not be fighting with your own strength. You will be relying on me in all your battles of life. That, I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, I have been filled with fear in the battles I have faced in life. Forgive me for not praying to you and turning all my fears over to you. I know that you will fight with me and for me as I rely on you to stand firm and face my fears. Amen
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