Are there impossible circumstances that you are battling right now? God is fighting for you and all he requires of you is to stand still and trust him to fight the battle for you. In fact many times God places impossible circumstances in our way to show that He is the God of the impossible! However, when we are in an impossible situation and it seems like there is no way out it can be easy to fear and react in anger towards God and others.
The Israelites are a perfect example of this. In Exodus 14 the Israelites have finally been released from slavery in Egypt, as they are leaving captivity God directs the Israelites to camp by the Red Sea, in a place where they will be trapped and unable to escape if an army came against them. Although Pharaoh had let them go he changes his mind and decides to send an army after them.
When the Israelites see the army coming after them, and no way of escape, they start doubting God and react in anger towards Moses, they begin to tell Moses that they would have been better off as slaves in Egypt than dead in the wilderness by the Red Sea. Moses then responds back to them saying “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:13-14. God then makes the impossible happen by parting the Red Sea, where the Israelites walk across to safety and all the army after them is destroyed. Isn’t it interesting though that all they were required to do is fear not, stand firm, see the Lord work, and be still?
Another favorite passage of mine comes from 2 Chronicles 20 when two different armies were coming against Jehoshaphat, King of Judah. Instead of running to check all his weapons and set up an army to fight Jehoshaphat runs to God and asks God to fight for them. “O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great army that is coming against us. We do not know what to do but our eyes are on you.” Jehoshaphat and his army are in no hurry to run and defend their kingdom; in fact Jehoshaphat even admits that they don’t know what to do, except for seeking after God.
For me the best part of the stories is the battle is already over by the time they arrive because the two armies ended up fighting against one another – Jehoshaphat and Judah didn’t have to do anything but seek God! No matter what is coming up against you right now, no matter how impossible it seems, and how powerless you feel, be still as you trust in God to fight on your behalf and keep your eyes on Him! Seeking God is they only thing we can do when times are tough and we have now way to conquer the battle on our own!
How have you seen God work in your own life to show you that he is fighting your battles for you?
How have you seen God do the impossible?
What is a battle you are still asking God to win for you?
Hope McCleary graduated from Mesa State College with a degree in Mass Communications. After graduating she spent two years working in local news at KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction, Co. She decided to give up her career in the media to share the message of Christ full-time. She joined full-time staff with Master Plan Ministries the summer of 2012 and got married to Forrest McCleary in September of 2012. Through her own personal ups and downs in college Hope has a heart for college women understand their worth as God’s daughters, to see them grow in their faith, to grow in the unique gifts God has given them, and to stand firm in their faith even with the pressures of the world all around them. Hope’s interests include world and local missions, photography, singing, playing guitar and writing music, reading, meeting new people, coffee, and hiking.
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