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July 19 – The Lord Will Fight For You

“When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD.  They said to Moses, ‘Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt?  Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: “Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’  And 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.’” Exodus 14:10-14

Devotional Thought For The Day

The children of Israel were strategically trapped between the Red Sea on the east, and the army of Egypt, a great world power of the time, to the west.  There was ostensibly no way of escape and all common sense would conclude that they were doomed – completely at the mercy of the Egyptians. All understood that they had no hope of escaping or thwarting the will of this army.  So they were terrified, but worse, they began retreating from their faith in God and asserting the most outrageous things: “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” Only Moses remained a “braveheart,” by faith in God, based upon what God had done to these same Egyptians in the ten plagues – and he encouraged the same faith for his fellow Israelites.

There are rare times in our lives when there is no escape for us, when we have absolutely no options available, when from all reason and appearances we have no hope and should be inundated and destroyed by our enemies.  Sometimes these are dire health issues, or perhaps economic struggles, or legal issues, or even drug or substance matters. We may face the loss of freedom, independence, relationships, house, property, a business.  We may begin retreating from our faith in God, and conclude that God has deserted us to the evil and wicked will of our enemies, or even that God has sent these enemies against us to destroy us. It is a terrible circumstance when we analyze our options and find that we have virtually none – and that terrible things are looming around us.

At these times we too are called to remember what God has done for us in the past – especially what He has done for us in the cross of His beloved Son Jesus.  We are called to remember His Words and promises to us – that He is with us always, that we have eternal life through faith in Jesus, that He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him.  Though we can scarcely believe it, His promise is sure and certain, that His grace will always be sufficient for us – and once we have passed through the disaster we will discover it to have been so. And when we reach our final destination, where our true citizenship lies, in the joy and glory of His heavenly kingdom, we will marvel at how safe and secure we have always been under His watchful care and in His powerful hand.

It is just the opposite for those who oppose God and seek to harm or destroy His dear people.  For them, God’s decree is the same as it was to these wicked and arrogant Egyptians: “For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.”  We are called, each day, regardless of our circumstances, to simple faith and trust in God:  “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today. . . . The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”  We don’t like it when we are completely boxed in with no options – when the only options we have are faith or despair, but at least at these times we clearly see the power, love, and deliverance of God.  Even when our circumstances are less constricted and bleak, we are children of God, children of faith, and His assurances to us are the same – He will fight for us.  So let us “stand firm,” and let us keep our eyes wide open so that we too may “see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we prefer to have power, options, control, and to determine our own destiny.  We prefer not to have to rely upon You, and not to be reduced to having faith and trust in You as our only option and hope. Forgive us for the many times when we attribute our deliverance and success to our own abilities, power, and wisdom, failing to see Your salvation and stealing Your glory. May we in all circumstance rejoice to see Your gracious love for us and Your power in protecting and preserving us, that we may have full trust and confidence in You and give You all honor and glory for all the good things we enjoy.  Amen.