And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14: 13-14, NKJV).
At last, after years of enslavement and degradation, the Israelites had escaped from Egypt! Not only had they escaped, but they had done so with jewels and money, livestock and clothing, and everything they’d been deprived of during their lengthy sojourn. Now they were free, and joy bubbled up in their hearts and no doubt overflowed in their words and actions.
Then, in a brief moment, everything changed. They found themselves with the un-crossable Red Sea on one side and their infuriated former captors closing in on the other. There was no way of escape. None. The situation was as hopeless as it could get.
Ever been there? Who hasn’t, right? You’ve been in the midst of a seemingly unending trial and then suddenly it seems deliverance has come at last. You’ve scarcely begun to celebrate when once again you find yourself on the verge of destruction. All hope of escape is gone. There is nowhere to turn…except to God. Which, of course, is what He intended all along.
Can you imagine the recently-delivered Israelites’ level of terror and despair at that point? Their joy had just been turned to horror, and the only choice they had was between drowning in the sea or slaughter at the hands of the Egyptians.
Moses proved himself a wise leader at that crucial moment. He knew there was nothing he could do to help his people. Only God could deliver them now. And so Moses declared, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
Do not be afraid.
The Lord will fight for you.
Those are the words we all need to hear, not just when we’re between the proverbial rock and a hard place, but always—every day, at every juncture of our lives. There is no reason to fear because the very God who delivered us from bondage will fight for us! Can there be any better assurance than that?
Romans 8:31 asks, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Who, indeed? Nothing or no one can harm or defeat us because God is the One who fights for us. Wow, what a great truth—one that should set our feet to dancing and our mouths to singing! For Romans 8 also declares that, no matter what difficulties or hardships we face, “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (verse 37).
If you’re hemmed in by threats or enemies or circumstances today and there seems to be no way out, don’t despair. Remember, it is the Lord who fights for you, and you are more than a conqueror through Him.