Daily Word for Thursday, August 20, 2015
Much of our lives can be spent fighting battles we should have never fought; battles that we weren’t designed to fight; battles we fought alone because we neglected a key principle in our war strategy.
We went into war without consulting God and found ourselves on battlefields without His approval or strategy for winning.
In contrast, David reveals a pattern of consulting God prior to a battle and receives God’s permission which served also as God’s admission that He would be fighting for David.
II Samuel 5:19-20 – So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” 20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
Exodus 14:13-14 – 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. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
The New King James Version (NKJV), New International Version (NIV) and English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible give us, in the text above, three different considerations for those in battle with God fighting for them.
1. Exodus 14:13-14 (NKJV) – “… and you shall hold your peace.”
• Jesus left us with His peace.
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
• We must hold what He gave us.
Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
2. Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV) – “… you need only to be still.”
• Being still will ensure you are not fighting.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 37:7 – Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
3. Exodus 14:13-14 (ESV) – “… you have only to be silent.”
Psalm 62:5 – My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.
The Bible is replete with scriptures affirming the idea that God will fight for us. Our responsibility is to:
• Hold our peace
• Be still
• Be silent
…and watch the Lord work on our behalf.
Peace and blessings!