Exodus 14:14 (NLT) “The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Isn’t God great? I’m so glad that we serve a God Who will engage in battles for us. This week I prayed and thanked God for being my warrior, and then my father introduced the above verse to me not knowing what I had prayed. God is our warrior. He confirmed it in His word to me when I was unsure.
Many of us are battling things in our lives that we have a hard time fighting. We have a hard time giving it to God to fight because we want to do things our way and have control over the matter. The longer we try to take control of situations, the longer it takes for the situation to get solved. Now, it is true that we have to make the decision to stop smoking, to stop being promiscuous, to stop drinking, to stop abusing drugs, to love ourselves, to stop overeating, to walk away from a toxic relationship, etc. It takes a degree of restraint to stop certain behaviors, but God will be in front of you fighting battles so that you can have victory over the sin/situation/behavior.
God’s way sometimes seems off and out of the way. When He led the Israelites out of Egypt, He didn’t take the short route, He took them through the wilderness by the Red Sea. He blocked the Egyptians from seeing them when they were in hot pursuit of the Israelites. Then He parted the Red Sea and the Israelites crossed on DRY GROUND. Then God drowned the entire Egyptian army. God fought their battle. When it seemed like certain doom, God, who knows and sees all, saved the day! Not only that, later on, He sprinkled food from Heaven when they were in the midst of the wilderness and had run out of food! He provides all your needs from fighting for you to feeding you. He’s the ultimate security guard.
Allow God to fight all your battles. Make the decision to stop holding on to whatever it is that’s causing you worry and stress and keeping you from God. Even if it seems like the path He’s taking you on is out of the way, trust that He’s protecting you. He’ll give you strength to resist and He’ll remind you to give your burdens and cares to Him. “The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
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