We all have had times in our lives when we needed someone to stand up for up, to help us fight our battles or maybe to fight them for us. It could have been your older brother or sister who was a senior in high school when you were a freshman, and who defended you against the bullies that walked the halls of your school. As a kid, it could have been your neighbor who was a few years older than you and always picked you to be on his baseball team when everyone else overlooked you. Maybe it was a teacher, a coach, or a parent. Regardless of who it was, there came a day when that person was no longer able to stand up for you. Your older sibling went off to college. That neighbor moved away because his father was transferred to another state.
Life’s battles never end. We all need other people to help us through life, and that is especially true when we face difficult situations. You were the skinny kid who never got picked to play in the neighborhood baseball game. The school bully picked on you in ninth grade and you needed someone to stand up for you. Maybe these days your battles are not with people, but rather with what life has thrown your way. You find yourself unexpectedly a widow or widower with two small children. You have struggled through an extended period of unemployment and your finances are a disaster and you cannot pay your bills. You’ve been told that you or a loved one has cancer.
As much help as people are to us, our ultimate source of help comes only from God. Other people can be a great source of help to us, and often are, but in the end, we are called to put our trust and faith in God and God alone. He always fights for us.
A story in the Old Testament very beautifully paints this picture of God fighting for us. In Exodus 14, the Israelites were running away from Pharaoh and the Egyptians who wanted to kill them. The Israelites were trapped. In front of them was the Red Sea, on both sides were mountains, and chasing them were the angry Egyptians. The Israelites were backed into a corner, they had no place to turn, and no one to stand up to fight for them. They complained to their leader Moses and even lamented to him that it would have been better for them to stay slaves to the Egyptians than to die in the desert. We pick up the story in Exodus 14:13 – Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.”
That must have been very comforting news to the Israelites. But we are sure that they wondered how they would be delivered. To their way of looking at the situation options were limited. Who was going to fight for them? We are sure they never envisioned that the Red Sea would part so they could cross it.
Maybe today, you face a battle that you are trying to fight, and with every passing day you feel closer to surrendering. We will end with what Moses told the Israelites, and what God says to each of us today. In Exodus 14:14 we read – “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
So right now, give your battles to God, rest in Him, and let Him fight for you!