This morning as I was reading my daily Bible devotions on YouVersion I came across a thought. Maybe even a cluster of thoughts. In one of the devotionals they cited Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” For as long as I can remember I always thought that meant I needed to shut up, to be still in voice. The devotional plan I have been reading in the mornings challenged that idea this morning.
What if “be still” actually means to be still in emotion? Calm the fear, anxiety, and emotional reactions? As I started digging into this thought I came across several verses that actually could confirm this new idea of mine.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalms 54:4 “In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good ,a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”
This is just a few of the ones I found. In all of these we see that if we are still, if we trust in God, if we calm ourselves and lean on our faith and trust in Jesus, He will fight for us. He will handle it. He will turn everything into something for our good. He makes that promise time and time again, but most clearly in Jeremiah 29:11 where He says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Doesn’t it make sense that if we trust in His promises, we will be calm and still, and He will fight for us? In this circumstance I imagine a drowning swimmer. If the swimmer is still and calm, they can be more easily rescued and saved than if they were struggling, fighting, and in chaos.