The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14
This has been my favorite bible verse for a long time. It is usually the phrase that I need to hear and follow the most. It’s even on the front of my planner so that I see it every day! If youre anything like me – type A, surivive on coffee, and put more things on your to do list than you are ever able to accomplish in a day – then you know how important this reminder from the Lord is. If you don’t have a similar personality to the go-go-go coffee-coffee-coffee (Gilmore Girls, anyone?) mindset, you know that our society runs on tight schedules and busy lives *side note: check out the book ‘Too Busy Not to Pray’ by Bill Hybels*. There are times that we all need the reminder to be in a quiet place with God and pray. We don’t always make the time to be STILL. I struggle with this a lot. I’ll pray while showering or walking to the metro… I am a chronic multi-tasker. I think this verse is also a great reminder that God is at work even when we aren’t. this isn’t to say that we shouldn’t work towards our goals or try to actively solve problems in our lives, but rather that the Lord will fight even when you don’t. It takes an incredible amount of faith and trust to let God do his work in your life.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” -James 1:6
We must believe that God has good intentions for our lives and that he is with us and cares about us. We have free will, therefore God doesn’t govern and control everything that happens… but I believe that he does take the circumstances we are in and leads us to good things. Have you ever strayed from God but looked back later and recognized how he was working in your life? Maybe you haven’t always believed in God, but you can see how even before you knew him, he was right there with you. I have experienced both of thse, and it is just another reminder that God is always with us and for us.
Sometimes we need to be still in other ways. Take a look at our life, our priorities, how we spend our time, how we spend our money. Reflect. Practice self-care. Make it a priority to be still with yourself and be still with the Lord. If you feel stuck or you feel like God’s not answering your prayers, be still and reflect on what the Lord is doing in your life right now. What are you grateful for? “Every good and perfect gift is from above” -James1:17