Armed and Still

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” - Exodus 13:3

I’m not going to lie, it is really hard for me to be still. Having nothing on my “to-do” list, a blank calendar day, and no one to talk to is really hard for me. I feel purposeless, pointless, and a little bit depressed. What is the point of my existence if I’m not doing anything or helping anyone?

And that is where the lie comes in. In that moment the Enemy is telling me that my worth is based on the things I do and the relationships I have. The truth is that my worth is based on what Jesus did on the cross; my worth is in the fact that I’m a Daughter of the Living God.

Even if it appears that I’m doing “nothing” my life still has value and purpose. And at some moments, the best thing I can be doing with my time is love God and let Him love me in stillness and rest. On the outside it appears like I’m doing nothing of value, but on the inside God is doing something more valuable than all the treasures on this earth.

As a type-A “doer,” this can be really hard for me to accept at times. If I’m not doing anything for God, what am I doing? But even this mentality is one of works and putting my value in what I can do for God, not in what He has done for me.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” - Exodus 13:3

I came across this verse this morning while I was reading through the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt after being held in slavery for years. Before the Red Sea was even crossed, Moses said this to the people.

Interestingly enough, only a few verses earlier the writer of Exodus notes that “The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle” (Exodus 13:18). I can picture the Israelites standing on the shore of the Red Sea dressed for battle, scared to death of the Egyptian army and then Moses standing up and telling them to be still. Armed for war, yet still.

This is how we are to live our lives. We are to be ready for battle, ready to speak out against the lies of the Enemy when they come, but still and trusting God to fight for us. Our value is not in what we do or how we fight, it is in what God has already done for us. Sometimes the biggest test of a warrior is not the fight itself, but holding still and trusting the commander to lead even when they do not understand what is going on.

God is working things out. He is fighting for me. He will show me when to stay and when to move. All I have to do is be still, listen, and trust in Him. The Lord will fight for me, all I have to do is be still.

Rock on guys.