Do you talk to yourself? There is a whole segment of science and psychology that study the benefits of speaking to ourselves. We trust ourselves more than anyone else. There is a phrase I repeat when life gets hard and the path seems impossible. Be Still My Anxious Mind God Will Fight for You. During this 40-Day Fast we are learning how to Be Still and know that He is God. The goal is to refocus our mind, heart, and soul on the Lord by giving God the first and best of our time. Today we will look at the first instance the phrase “Be Still” is mentioned in scripture.
Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm (Be Still).”
As we spend time alone with God, reading verses about How to Be Still and know Him More, we need to put the verse in context.
The Context of Exodus 14:14
The Israelites have just been released from slavery in Egypt. While they are camped at the Red Sea the Egyptian army attacks. The Israelites see what seems like an impossible situation.
On one side they see a charging army, on the other side an immovable sea. These are real things to fear. Anxiety is a natural human result of such an impossible situation.
What impossible situation are you facing today that has you anxious?
As I read this text I am reminded of all the things I am anxious about. These are real problems in my life that seem impossible.
- Insecure Financial Situation
- Instability in my Husbands work
- The Strain that puts on our marriage
- Special Needs in my youngest child
- Chronic pain in my life
- Uncertainty about my health day in and day out
- Physical needs that never seem to be met
The Israelites were facing a real problem in spite of obeying God. They had done what God said to do and they were still facing this trial. They were walking in God’s will, staying on God’s path and they still faced this trial. The fear, worry, and anxiety overwhelmed them as they began to doubt God’s Will and distrust God’s path.
Are you walking in God’s Will and on God’s Path?
Has there been a time in your life where you heard God’s voice directing you?
The Israelites heard God’s voice from the prophet Moses. God literally spoke His will to them.
Did you know God speaks His will to us? We have the Bible, the very Word of God, to turn to for direction. God also speaks through preachers, through music, through believers gathered to give wise counsel in our lives.
We will come back another time and talk about how to know God’s voice to learn His will for your life…
Following God’s will for you and walking on God’s Path does not mean life will be easy.
Observations from Exodus 14:14God is telling the Israelites to Be Still because He is trustworthy. Do you Trust God when life gets hard? Click To Tweet
I hear God saying to me:
Stop complaining. Stop worrying and being anxious. Why are you doubting what God said to do? Still your mind from doubt and anxious thoughts.
How do you overcome anxiety Biblically?
Anxiety has been a battle for me my whole life. I know what God says about fear but it still comes. How do I stop worrying? What causes fear to come in the first place? Fear comes when I spend more time looking at the problems than looking at the God who will fight for me. Click To Tweet
God has been faithful to fight for me before. God is Trustworthy and Faithful. He will provide for us and protect us. I hear Him whisper.
If you know you are walking in My will, on My path, keep thinking about that instead of worrying and being anxious about the problems you see. Trust God and Be Still while I fight for You.
Christianity does not promise an easy path, just a Trustworthy God
There will be real problems. But we can be still because our Real God already knows the problems and has a plan to conquer them.
Final Thoughts on Exodus 14:14
The Israelites were in God’s will (Though they had a rotten attitude about it) but they were still stuck in a hard situation. But God had a plan and wanted their hearts to Be Still and Trust Him. He said Be Still and The Lord will Fight for You.
God Parted the Red Sea. God fought for them miraculously. They didn’t have to draw a sword or make a battle plan. God fought for them.
The Meaning of To Be Still in Exodus 14:14 is about anxiety
God wasn’t telling them to sit quietly and meditate on scripture. Being Still wasn’t about their physical body. He wanted them to walk through the Red Sea, there’s nothing still about that.
To Be Still in Exodus 14:14 is about their thoughts. God wanted their hearts and minds to be still from anxiety, fear, and worry. He wanted them to Trust Him.
Are you walking in God’ will, keeping on God’s path? Keep thinking about that instead of worrying and being anxious about the problems you see. Trust God and Be Still while The Lord fights for You. You see the Battle, So does God. God will fight your battles if you will be still and trust Him.
Be Still: A prayer for anxiety worry and fear
I confess I am looking at the problems in front of me. They seem so much bigger than anything I can handle. I know Your word says to keep my eyes fixed on you to be at peace because You will be strong for me, But that is so hard. Forgive me for allowing fear, anxiety, and worry to fill me up. Help me trust You and the path that You have called me to walk. The path is hard, long and I am weary. But You are with me.
Teach me to believe you will fight for me. Still, my anxious mind when the enemy is closing in. Fix my eyes on You as you come down to fight my battles. Remind me of all the times you have fought and won the battles in the past. Help me stop complaining and doubting because the problem seems so big. I know You are bigger but it’s hard to remember that when I can see the problems and I can’t see You.
Today I confess my fear, worry, and anxiety as sin and ask you to forgive me and change me.
I surrender the real situations to You and beg you to fight for me. Keep me hidden from these storms in the shadow of your wing while You stand up over me to fight my battles. I will give you all the praise, honor and glory.
In Jesus Name Amen.
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