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The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

You know the story; Israel was between a rock and a hard place. On one side, they had the Red Sea and on the other, Pharaoh and his army. There was no way to escape. They were so afraid that they asked Moses "Was it because there were no tombs in Egypt that you brought us into the desert to die?" (Exodus 14:11)

I guess in their fear they forgot that who took them out of Egypt was God, not Moses. They let their human nature (their flesh) rule them and instead of crying out to God, they came against Moses. If that had happened forty years earlier, Moses probably would have backed away and let Pharaoh have his way with them. However, the forty years he spent in the wilderness had matured Moses into a patient leader who could handle Israel.

He had braved that desert for forty years. Moses heard God in the burning bush and now could recognize His voice. He knew better. Instead of losing his head when he saw that army, he told the people, “The Lord will fight for you; you just need to be still.” My friends, many of us have been walking with Christ long enough to know better. We have walked with Christ through some deserts, we have seen more than a few burning bushes, and we have heard His voice calming our storms.

When people are afraid, they tend to let their flesh rule them. The people around you may not be between an army and an ocean, but they may be afraid. Many people in Sacramento, where I live, have relatives and/or friends in Ukraine or in Russia. They fear for the safety of their loved ones. People all over the world are dealing with shortages, inflation, and with the long-lasting results of Covid 19.

It is time for those of us who know Jesus to act as Moses did. Pay no attention to people who react in their flesh around you. Make sure your flesh acts sanctified. Be the one who brings peace where there is fear. Be the one who testifies of God's power to save, protect and provide. Tell the Christians around you, "Be still and let God fight for you." Let your unbelieving friends and family know that they can trust the God you serve. Be the one who calms the storms wherever you go.

Our God fights for us. We just need to be still.

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