“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today … The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13-14).
As a child, I sometimes had scary dreams that caused me to call out for my parents. Well, truthfully, I probably screamed more than I called. Even yet, things that go bump in the night cause my heart to beat a little faster until I decide whether it was some harmless noise. (Let’s not even mention my fear of mice, snakes, and other creepy things.)
Fear is universal. It is said we are all born with two basic fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. During life, most of us will experience numerous times of fear.
Exodus 14 relates a very fearful time for the children of Israel. After 430 years of slavery in Egypt, they are finally on their way to the Promised Land. Imagine their anticipation as they started on their journey. But soon their excitement turned to panic as they stood at the Red Sea with the chariots of Egypt in pursuit behind them. There was nowhere to go. Verse 10 tells us, “So they were very afraid.”
The one person not fearful was Moses. Despite what seemed insurmountable obstacles, his faith remained strong. He told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand still and watch what the Lord’s going to do today. He’s going to fight for you!” And He did—in a most amazing way.
Life will always bring us problems, and at times they seem to come at us from every side. When that happens, it’s easy to allow fear to fill our minds. Then, like the Israelites, we see our circumstances but not our escape. Instinct yells, “Run!” Moses told the people to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. We must do the same.
Remember, God will fight for us if we will allow Him to take charge of our situation. Don’t panic; don’t fear. The enemy can’t defeat us when God is in control. Let Him amaze you with the way He brings answers to what seem impossible situations.
Prayer: Lord, when I find myself becoming fearful because of situations I face, remind me that You are there ready to help. All I have to do is stand still and allow You to fight for me. In Jesus name, I pray.
Devotion by Mary Loudermilk