September 01, 2020
Let The Lord Fight Your Battles
Exodus 14:13-14 (KJB) And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
The Israelites knees were likely knocking knees and shaking in pent up fear. Who would guess this whiney group of chickens were the chosen people of God? These foolish people needed to be reminded again and again about the goodness and grace of God. The Israelites and later, many others place undue emphasis and focus on their current adverse and demanding circumstances. Anxious hearts often concentrate on what they are missing, rather than putting their trust in the goodness and grace of God and thankful for what they have despite their state of affairs.
The world has not changed much to this day. You have done this, and so have I. We opt to cry, fear, and whine about what we perceive we are missing, focus on what we want, and quickly grow tired in waiting for the will and work of God. In this ancient journey, the Israelites cried for onions, garlic, water, and when very thirsty and hungry were given water and manna. This gift was provided according to the timing and way of God. It did not fulfill their perceived needs and taste. These selfish people desired in their flesh and according to their timetable, not God’s.
In other words, what we think we need, and when we feel we need it, can be much different than what God knows we need and provides for us. Often, God does us a favor by not giving in to our selfish desires and demands; we just cannot perceive this precious truth in the middle of such moments.
God is foremost interested in the spiritual state of every heart and then secondly in providing our every material and physical need. That said, God will provide all we need, not necessarily what we want. Included in this case was that these people would never see Egypt again.
Sometimes God takes us out of known land, as He did with the Israelites, and drops us in unfamiliar territory so that we can grow and mature in Christ. We need not become anxious and overly concerned about our needs or state of affairs. He will bring the potential for salvation and sustenance for all, especially in the troubled and distressed moments of life.
In essence, God was saying through Moses for the Israelites for them to stand still, have no fear, and to let Him work inside their heart and to bring His way and will to work and direct their situation. When we allow Go to fight our battle, we always come out as thoroughly furnished winners despite what is at work about us!
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