Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 19th, 2021
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
It’s the Lord’s Fight
When World War I began in 1914, Canada had a tiny standing army, a two-ship navy and no air force. By the end of the war, 620,000 men and women had put on a uniform, an extraordinary effort from a population of just eight million. The army had a corps of four divisions and 100,000 men fighting in France and Flanders and winning laurels, while the casualty toll over four years approached almost a quarter-million killed and wounded.
Sometimes the best thing to do when facing a difficult situation is to sit and wait. This counsel goes against how we usually want to respond. If we are in the midst of some kind of battle, or if someone has wronged us in some way, it is human nature to want to lash out and retaliate. But if we are a follower of Jesus, the Bible counsels us to bring it to the Lord first. As the people of Israel stood on the banks of the Red Sea, the Egyptian army was hard on their heels. The natural response should have been to turn and face the enemy – to fight back. But the Israelites had no weapons. They would have been annihilated by what was perhaps the greatest army in the world at the time. Instead, Moses tells them in Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” It’s not easy to stand still when the pressure is on. The Israelites only do so because they had the assurance that the Lord was going to fight for them. God is on your side as well, in all that life throws your way today. Stand still and trust God.
These have been words from the heart.