The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. – Exodus 14:14
The Israelites are at a crossroads in Exodus 14. They have escaped Egypt led by Moses but now find themselves standing in front of the Red Sea with nowhere to turn. All the while, Pharaoh and his army are in pursuit and the people of God can hear their chariots rumbling louder and louder as they draw near. The Israelites begin to question God and Moses, wondering why they left Egypt in the first place. Fear and terror has gripped their hearts and minds until Moses reminds them of the truth: “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Many of us spend every day trying to defend ourselves. Whether it’s our reputation, the expectations placed on us or trying to prove the doubters wrong. The court or field becomes a battlefield where we are doing everything in our power to fight for status, validity, and to earn our place. We play our games in fear as if at any moment we could get captured and exposed for who the Enemy, others, or your thoughts say you are. Instead of games being an opportunity to worship God as we play, compete, and celebrate, they become places where we feel trapped.
Here’s the truth: You have been set free. You are not a slave to fear, lies, expectations, or those comments made about you. You are not trapped or captured. When you became a child of God, you received a Father who is proud of you and who comes to your defense. You might stand in this moment feeling pursued and attacked, but your Father calls you to be still, to trust Him, and to let Him fight for you. As you head into your game today, let God worry about defending you as you freely enjoy the game He has blessed you with.
- Prayerfully and quietly meditate on the verse above. Allow its truth to sink in.
- Examine your heart and ask God to reveal any fear or insecurities.
- Ask God to help you trust His care and defense of your life.