Mark D. Roberts

The Lord Will Fight for You

READ Exodus 14:1-14

 “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Exodus 14:14

As the Israelites left Egypt, they were pursued by the Egyptians. Fearful of the awesome power of Pharaoh’s army, the people of Israel were gripped with fear. They complained to Moses that they would rather be slaves in Egypt than corpses in the wilderness.
Moses sought to reassure his people with the promise that God would rescue them that very day. Though they could never overcome the military might of Egypt, they did not have to worry because, “The LORD himself will fight for you” (14:14).
Do you need to hear this reassurance in your own life? I know I do. When I feel overwhelmed, when the challenges before me are more than I can handle, I am naturally wired for worry. My mind can spin out of control, envisioning all sorts of terrible outcomes. In these situations, I need to hear that God is on my side, that the Lord will fight for me.
This does not mean, of course, that everything I choose to do will be blessed by God. Nor does it mean that my life will be free of hardship and suffering. But, if I am committed to the kingdom of God and seeking to live for God’s purposes and glory, then my battles are really God’s battles, and he will fight for me. I can be strong, therefore, “in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Eph. 6:10).
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you need the Lord to fight for you today? What would you attempt for his glory if you were sure that he would fight for you?
PRAYER: Dear Lord, today I’m feeling overwhelmed, not so much by the difficulty of the tasks before me as by the number of them. I wonder how I can get everything done that I need to do today. So I ask you to fight for me. Give me the strength to do what I cannot accomplish on my own. Help me to trust you, to follow your lead, to offer myself to you in all that I do.
By the end of this day, may I be able to say, “Yes, Lord, you fought for me today! Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord.”
And may every day of my life be just like this! Amen.


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