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)
Can you be still before me? Can you come and rest in my presence? Can you sit quietly before me? Can you wait for me to act on your behalf? I know one thing for certain. What’s that? Being still, resting in your presence, sitting quietly before you, and waiting for you to act is much harder and more difficult than it would seem. Why is that? It takes real discipline to be still before you. It requires significant effort sit before you. Resting in your presence does not come easily or naturally to me. All my natural inclinations are to be active, to stay busy and be on the move. Those same inclinations become even stronger when a battle is before me. In the past, it has been almost impossible and irresistible for me to quickly engage in a fight to try to win the battle that is before me. I am sad to say that asking for your help and relying on you to fight my battles has been far from my thoughts and actions. I have nearly always fended for myself in fighting my battles in life. I can now see how mistaken my thinking has been. Forgive me Lord. You are forgiven.
What has happened when you have fended for yourself in fighting your battles in life? I have usually made matters worse. I have hardly ever won a battle that I have fought alone, with my own strength. I have certainly been filled with anxiety and worry and stress when I have attempted to fight battles with my own efforts alone. I have most often lived in defeat because I have neither asked for or relied on your help. That is not good. I can see that now. That is good.
What do you think will happen to you as you rely on me to help you fight battles in life? I will come to know you more intimately. I will live and walk more closely with you. My faith and hope and joy in you will become strong. I will know that you are with me to help me. I will know that you will fight for me. I will learn that you will bring me through every battle in life. You will lead me in victory. You will help me to overcome. Yes, I will. Will you be still before me? Will you quiet yourself in my presence? Will you allow me to help you? Will you keep moving forward with Me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, at one time I thought that all my battles were mine alone to fight. What mistaken thinking. My fighting often only made matters far worse. Now, I know that I can be still before you. I can rely on you. You will help me. You will give me victory over battles. Amen
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