Fight With God Not Against Him

Day 26

“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.”

– Exodus 14:14

Additional Reading: Exodus 14 (Bible Gateway)

So, at this point in The Bible, the Israelites were standing at the edge of the Red Sea, blocked in by the sea ahead of them and the Egyptian army behind them. It seemed like they were in an impossible and hopeless situation, but God was there to show them He was their Deliverer (Exodus 6:6) and their Salvation (Exodus 14:13). The Israelites were incapable of escaping the situation on their own. The battle that appeared to be between the Egyptians and the Israelites was really between the Egyptians and the Lord, and we all know how that turned out.

Sometimes we feel like the Israelites, blocked in on all sides, but just like before, God will fight for us! Don’t confuse this with thinking you won’t have battles, because you definitely will. The Bible often tells us about the battles we will face. “Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3–4). In order for a believer to live a life of endurance, character, and hope, we must put on our armor (Ephesians 6:10–17) and trust the Deliverer. We “put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). Our confidence is in God, who will fight our battles and bring us safely home (Jude 1:24–25). “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).

When we trust in God to fight for us, we keep our peace! What’s better than knowing that The Almighty Creator is fighting for us? We can’t lose, it’s a guaranteed win! Don’t be like the Israelites who ultimately missed out on their promise because they lost faith in God. The Israelite spies had seen “giants” in the land just like we sometimes see “giant” obstacles, complications, and problems that seem too large to conquer. To let the “giants” steal our faith only leaves defeat and a lack of assurance in the God who is in control of every problem, in spite of its size.

What battles are you fighting today? Is the battle you are in one that the Lord has chosen for you? Does He lead the way in your current battles? Perhaps the battle you are in is a battle that you have chosen, one that is outside the will of God: Are you fighting in your own strength? Are you struggling to be victorious in the battle?

If God is leading the way in your struggle, then you are assured success, but if you are fighting your battle in your own strength, your defeat is imminent.

Love and Nuggs,

Amanda