Stop Fighting a Battle that’s Already Been Won!
Here’s the truth …
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed, so exhausted, so defeated by the circumstances in your life? Have you ever felt like the enemy was going to win? I’m here to tell you that you do not have to fight your battle alone! You don’t have to feel like this anymore!
Perhaps you have never heard the story of the Red Sea; or even if you have, let me take a moment to refresh your memory. The Children of Israel had been the abused and tortured slaves of the Egyptians for several hundred years. God sent to them a man by the name of Moses. Moses was going to be used of God to lead His people out of Egypt into the Promised Land. As Moses went before Pharaoh and pleaded with him to let the Children of Israel go, Pharaoh gave his permission and then reneged on those promises. Ten times this happened, and each time he changed his mind, God sent devastating plagues to Egypt. Finally, after the tenth plague, Pharaoh let the Children of Israel go.
Word got out that they were free, so they quickly packed up their belongings and headed out of Egypt. No sooner had they left, Pharaoh decided to bring them back. The Children of Israel were now at the Red Sea with the Egyptian Army encircling them on three sides.
Immediately they began complaining to Moses and wishing that they were back in Egypt. At least there they had a better chance of survival—or so they thought.
Look at the first five words that Moses answered them in response: “Fear ye not, stand still…” (Exodus 14:13a KJV). Can you imagine what the Israelites thought when they heard those words? Fear not? Stand still? This was Moses’s game plan? Seriously?
I don’t know about you, but when I have a trial in front of me, the last thing I want to do is fear not and stand still. I want to solve the problem or run in the other direction, but here we see that the Israelites had nowhere to run.
As I was thinking about why Moses said, stand still, it occurred to me that this command was active and not passive. It takes energy, strength, and determination to stand still as the enemy is approaching. Most of us would turn tail and run! God wanted to display His power and might. He wanted the Israelites to see and remember that He would fight for them. He would protect them. He would stop the enemy. But they had to obey Him; they had to stand still.
Moses went on to say, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13-14 KJV).
God will do the same for you and me! Look at these two precious promises that He gives us:
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not over flow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2 KJV).
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV).
What wonderful promises for us from God! He is faithful. It may seem like my trial is not going to end or that God is not going to answer like I want Him to, but remember that God sees the whole problem. He is so wise and so good that even if He answers differently than I want, I can trust that He knows what is best.
I remember when my youngest daughter had died, a precious older saint said to me, “I don't understand why your daughter died. I prayed and prayed for God to heal your daughter and He didn’t.” My response? I told her that God had answered her prayers. No is also an answer from God. He did heal my daughter, just not in the way we wanted. He healed her according to His perfect will; and though I may not understand or even feel it was the right decision, I trust that God knew best. God used my tiny daughter, who could not walk or talk, to be one of His greatest missionaries. Her short little life pointed many people to Christ, which led them to a personal relationship with God and to eternal life. When I think of this, how can I not trust Him?
To finish the end of the true story of the Israelites, the Egyptians, and the Red Sea, we see that God did, indeed, perform a mighty miracle. He parted the Red Sea so that the Children of Israel could cross over the sea on dry ground! Not muddy ground filled with puddles, or water that was ankle deep. They crossed over on dry ground. Once they were safely across, the turned and saw that the Egyptians were also crossing the Red Sea. Look at what God did next: “And the Lord said unto Moses, stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them” (Exodus 14:26-28 KJV).
Perhaps the devil is keeping you from crossing your “Red Sea” because he knows the amazing blessings that God has for you on the other side. He wants to keep you afraid and in bondage. But God says, “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord ...” (Exodus 14:13b KJV). We need to stop fighting the battle that’s already been won!
King David, too, experienced the might saving power of God, writing: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:2-4 KJV). Won’t you join David and me and say, “... my God; in Him will I trust”?