"The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to keep still."
Exodus 14:14 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: This is one of my "go to" verses when life is difficult or even when I am a little low on hope. We’ve all had those days, right? When we are at our weakest, God comes in at His strongest. HE will fight for you. For the majority of my upbringing, I was given the impression that God was bound to His promises, so in a sense, we could treat God like a vending machine. I could deposit some good works and prayer and God HAD to do something in return. That’s before I really started to understand what true love was really about. When you love someone and they are doing all that they truly can, you want to be there for them and help them. I think that is what is being written about here. (Of course, I could be wrong.) This reminds me of the story in Exodus 17 where there is a battle going on between the Hebrew people and Amalek. As long as Moses kept his hands (and staff) raised, the people of God were victorious, but when Moses’ arms dropped, the enemy began to take over. Then Moses’ brother, Aaron and Hur brought a stone over for Moses to sit on and Aaron and Hur stood beside him and kept his arms raised. Moses was not a young man anymore by this time. He had given all that he could for the glory of God. He knew the importance of this battle, but he needed rest. Love enters the picture. Aaron and Hur also understood that Moses needed rest, so they stood in the gap and helped Moses. In a sense, Aaron and Hur fought the battle for Moses. Whose arms are you holding up? For that matter, who do you call on to hold you up when you are in desperate need of rest and peace? It is important to have those you can trust and lean on when times are trying.
Prayer for today: I pray that we would look for those who are weary and are in need of rest. That we would stand in the gap for others and that when the time comes that we need rest, they can hold us up. I pray that God would begin to show us His heart for others and that we would boldly step out in faith, not only to help those who already believe in Him, but to those that have yet to call on the name of Jesus for their hope and strength. That we would lay down our pride and fear of what others would think of us so we can be the hands and feet of Jesus.
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God’s grace on you…