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)
I believe this scripture passage is as true for me today, as it was for the children of Israel so many years ago…The Lord will fight for ME, if only I will be still! The Message phrases the last part like this: “God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!” Telling someone to “shut-up” isn’t said in our house, yet I think that is what Moses is telling the children of Israel here. Will you just be QUIET!?! Will you just keep your mouth SHUT!?! Will you just be PATIENT!?! I cannot imagine how frustrated Moses must have gotten with this group of people, yet he pressed on…doing what he was called to do. By the way, to put this into context…Moses tells the children of Israel this when Pharoah’s army is pressing in on them. They are complaining it would have been better to stay in Egypt than to die in the desert. Then Moses tells them…”The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Shortly before they crossed the Red Sea on dry land. How often in my life do I need only to be still? Only to be quiet? Only to listen? Only to rest in Him? Him who knows all, sees all, listens to all and cares about all. Being still, being quiet, listening and resting…all will yield a much better outcome for me – no matter WHAT the situation – but, unfortunately for me, I don’t react that way as often as I should. No, I usually end up trying to handle it. Sometimes I wonder if the Lord doesn’t just shake his head and think, “Will she EVER learn? If she will let me do it the FIRST time, she could save herself so much trouble!”
I have a situation that has been troubling me for a few weeks. Slowly, I am letting it go, trying NOT to worry about it, trying to leave it in His hands, but then nagging thoughts creep back in and I find myself worrying again – not that I can do anything about it! It is TOTALLY out of my hands. Now, I am really trying to put this verse into action…because I feel my choice may be to shut up or die in the desert. And I don’t WANT to die in the desert! I WANT to live, free of worry about things that are out of my control, free to let go and let Him, free to enjoy the blessings and the life he has given me, my life may not be perfect…but it is my life, a gift from Him so I want to enjoy it. In the midst of my despair, I have to remember that The Faithful One has unbroken communion with the Father…He KNOWS everything and He SEES everything (past, present AND future), so He has a good idea of what to do!!!
Nothing occurs without the Father’s guidance, so if He is in control, I need to let go! The outcome will be much better than running my mouth and dying in the desert!
Lord, I am slowly getting it. Thank you for your patience with me. Little things that you reveal each day remind me that you ARE in control…thank you. I need those little re-assurances to calm me. Please continue to work in the situation that troubles me. Be with those I care about, especially my son. Keep him safe, help me to seek you and make good decisions. Thank you for the beautiful weather and my many blessings and thank you for those that take the time to read this…please bless them and their families. Be with all of those I have on my heart…
I hope you have a blessed day…are you the type to relinquish control easily or are you like me???
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Have a blessed day….
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