“The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.” (Exodus 14:14HCSB))
As human beings, we tend to try to face problems, and fight battles, that we know we have no chance against. We are fighting so many, and so many types of battles, each day that we feel as if we can’t keep going, that we don’t have a choice but to give up. Unfortunately, this is a huge problem among Christians, as well, when it ought not be.
In today’s verse, God makes every single person a promise we cannot afford to miss. Let’s take a look:
- “The Lord will fight for you;” – God Himself is ready and willing to fight those battles we have no chance against. The Bible tells us that there is nothing that God cannot do (Luke 1:37), and that there is no power greater than Him (Jeremiah 32:17). Even when things are so hard and painful that we don’t even know how to pray, the Holy Spirit knows our petitions and takes them to God, interceding for us (Romans 8:26). So it’s ridiculous for us to keep on fighting against things we have no chance against, right?
- “you must be quiet.” – God is telling us to STOP fighting, and rest; to rest and be quiet as He goes to battle for us. He wants us to let go of all the stuff, all the baggage, all the stresses, all the pain others have caused us, all the guilt of our past, all the garbage that is killing us inside, and out.
God is calling out to us, saying: “Stop and Rest; I’ve Got This. Just trust Me.” So, how do we let go of all this stuff? First, we must put the full measure of our faith and trust in the fact that God is the One and Only, Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent God. Second, we must ask Him to forgive us for trying to live our lives apart from Him. Third, we must surrender our lives to Him as our Lord and Savior. Fourth, we must surrender every aspect of our lives to Him, including all the problems and battles we are fighting, not withholding anything from Him.
Friends, God is our only hope. He alone holds all the answers to all our problems, no matter how big we may think they are. There is nothing, nor anyone bigger, or greater than Him. Place the full measure of your faith and trust in Him, today!
In Christ’s love,
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10 NKJV)
There are times in which we are to arrogant and self-absorbed for our own good. We all have battles we’ve been fighting against for years, alone, to no avail. Our egos are bigger than the world, and we refuse to turn to anyone for the help we so obviously need. Even though our loved ones and friends see the futility of our battles and beg us to get the help we need, we reject them and continue to fight a battle we cannot win. If we are not going to listen to our loved ones and friends, maybe we will listen to God. After all, He is the Omnipotent One.
For those of us who are hardheaded, listen to what our God tells us in today’s verse:
- “Be still,” – Literally, God says, “Stop fighting!” God is also Omniscient, He knows we are in a battle in which we cannot prevail, and orders us to STOP! Sometimes we are cheering for ourselves so loud that we can’t hear God’s gentle and quiet voice telling to stop and turn to Him, that He now has to yell at us to get our attention.
- “and know that I am God;” – in a sense, God wants to show off for us. He wants to take over and fight this battle we’ve been fighting for so long, and defeat it. He wants to remind us, as Christians, that He is still God, and that He is still Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent. There is nothing He doesn’t know about us, there is nothing He can’t do for us, and that there is no place we can go in which He is not already there. God wants us to put the full measure of our faith and trust in Him, then watch what He does.
- “I will be exalted among the nations,” – When we allow God to intervene in our lives, all those around us will get to see God’s power over all circumstances. That gives them the opportunity to put their faith and trust in Him also.
- “I will be exalted in the earth!” – when God intervenes and does something that we couldn’t do for ourselves, then everyone around us will know that it had to be God, and He alone will get the honor, glory and praise. We must also proclaim to the world what He does; He wants the entire world to know about Himself and wants to use us to let the entire world know about His greatness.
God will never ask us to “be still”, or to “stop fighting” so that we can be defeated, but so that He can show up and blow our minds, and the minds of those around us, with what He does for us.
It is more courageous to admit that we are not able to do something, and let God intervene, than to continue doing what is easy; fighting a battle that we know we cannot win. So we must not be afraid to be still, stop fighting, for fear of what others may think of us.
Are you fighting a battle that you know you cannot win? Are you tired and weary of the fight? Then,
- how will you obey today’s lesson?
- With whom will you share today’s lesson?
- With whom will you share the story of your salvation, and the story of what Jesus has done for you?
In Christ’s love,
“The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.” (Proverbs 18:10)
Are you a Christian feeling hopeless, helpless, thinking you have no one to turn to, and no one to call? THINK AGAIN! Have you forgotten whose child you are and the name you carry? Through today’s verse, God wants to remind you of some things you may have forgotten that have caused you to be where you are. Here’s what He wants you to know:
- “The name of Yahweh…” – it alludes to the Person of God, His Character, His personality, and all His attributes. He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Love, Merciful, Kind, and Just, who loves and cares about His creation.
- “is a strong tower;” – another one of His attributes. A metaphor meaning that, He is the one and only Person in which you can seek, and find, refuge from the attacks of our common enemy, the Devil.
- “the righteous…” – Those who have placed all their faith and confidence in Him. He sent His One and Only Son, Jesus, to die on a cross, be buried, and rise again from the dead, in order to defeat the power of sin and death, and give us eternal life and protection (John 3:16-18).
- “run to it and are protected.” – The Strong Tower of protection (God) is accessible only to those who, by faith in who He is, run to Him. These are those who have placed their faith in Christ for salvation, and surrendered their lives to Him as their Lord, and Master (Romans 10:9-10). Only these will receive God’s Omnipotent protection from the relentless attacks from the Devil.
Sadly, many of us Christinas do not run to, or even call upon, God for help when we’re under attack by the enemy. We tend to turn to friends who are as far away from God as we are, or alcohol to forget, or drugs to numb the pain, or isolation to hide the guilt and shame. This only leads to a much deeper and more difficult problem, depression. Too many of us end up in a dark, cold, lonely place, and suffering such an excruciating pain, that they cannot see or find an escape. God wants you to know several things:
- Hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, guilt, and shame are often mental and emotional illusions, created by the Devil to keep you from running back to God. Because you are a child of God, the Devil cannot have you, so he wants to destroy you and your testimony. DO NOT LET THAT HAPPEN!!! Call out to God and run to Him, NOW!!!
- God wants you to run to Him, just as you are. Don’t try to “clean-up” before you run to Him because you can’t. He will clean you up when you ask Him to forgive you for straying from him. CALL OUT AND RUN TO HIM, NOW!!!
- DO NOT LET THE DEVIL’S LIES KEEP YOU FROM GOD!!! God alone is your refuge and protection.
***If you have reached the stage of depression, God wants you to find a Christian Psychiatrist, and or counselor. Your pastor should be able to help you with that, if not, you can find one online.***
So, who are you going to call? Who are you going to run to?
In Christ’s love,