“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” -Exodus 14:14
As a person driven by intentionality, remaining silent is difficult. Sometimes all there is to do is to be silent. There are some things we can not handle even with intentionality. Buried in the story of the Exodus is a verse that amazes me. “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” When Moses said this to the people they were literally between a rock and a hard place. In front of them, the Red sea and behind them, the mighty armies of Egypt.
As most of us would do in this kind of desperate situation, the people of Israel began to complain and whine and place blame on Moses and God. In perhaps one of the most compelling motivational speeches in the Bible Moses said to the people…
“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you and you have only to be silent.”
Why would the Lord fight for me? In Exodus 14 He had a couple of motives. First, He loved His chosen people. Second, He always keeps His promises, and finally, He is determined for the world to know He is God. (Exodus 14:18)
As a follower of Christ the same is true for you. The Lord will fight for you in the impossible places. You have only to be silent.
There is one thing though. Check out Exodus 14:15. “Tell the people of Israel to go forward.” It seems that at the same time we are called to silently trust, we are also required to take an obedient step forward. For the people of Israel this meant stepping forward into a massive body of water. That kind of forward movement requires an act of trust.
Here is the take away. When faced with the impossible be it your marriage, kids, finances, career, etc., in your obedience, silently trust knowing the Lord is fighting for you. Take a step forward in faith. After all He loves you, you are His chosen people, and in the end His Name will be glorified through your impossible circumstances.