He Fights for Us

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Today, take a few moments to recognize God’s power and steadiness. He will fight for you; you need only be still (Exodus 14:14).

This morning, I was sitting in my living room, feeding my baby girl. My husband was zipping back and forth past me, getting ready for work. I could hear my boys playing in the back of the house. They were beginning to argue, which is what normally happens around this time every morning. I was looking around the living room at the pile of laundry on the couch and the toys all over the floor. My list of tasks waiting to be tackled ran through my head. And I have a 5 year old with strep throat—his third bout in two months. Everyone around me is echoing the same word—tonsillectomy—which is not in the budget. To say the least, was a little too much to think about before my first cup of coffee.

I sat the baby up to burp her. I caught a glimpse of how beautiful her eyes look when they catch the sunshine. I looked outside and I couldn’t help but notice how still it was. Not a branch or a leave or a blade of grass moved at all. They were all perfectly still while the sun shined down on them.

In that still, quiet moment, the Lord reminded me, “Be still and know that I am God…” 

He fights for us. 

As I sat staring, my mind gripped by the power held in the stillness outside, more of God’s word revealed itself from its hiding place in my heart.

When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the Lord himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them. So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side—{2 Chronicles 20:29, 30 NLT}.

I read this verse in Chronicles on Saturday. I laid in my bed trying to take a nap with my sick babies. I asked God where in His word He wanted me to read. I heard "2 Chronicles" and then I heard my 5 year old whispering to himself as he played with his toys.… So I went with it. God’s amazing timing was revealed.

So this morning, after that same verse jumped from my heart, I decided to read the entire chapter. The Lord used that time and His word to give me encouragement, peace, and specific instructions for the day.

Today, take a few moments  to recognize God’s power and steadiness. He has the power to pull the trees in my yard from their roots and He has the power to hold them completely still at just the right moment. Look outside today and mimic the stillness of His creation.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”—{Exodus 14:14 NIV}.

Written by Crissy Terrell 

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