Pastor Blake Williams
Missions & Outreach Pastor, Shiloh Community Church
During my reading this past week I came across a passage I’ve had highlighted in every
Bible I’ve ever owned and that’s Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you, and you have
only to be silent.” This passage has always been special to me because of a worship leader named Danny Oertli that came and sang at the camp where I became a believer when I was 12. Here is the link to him performing this song a few years ago:
youtube // fight for me // click here
I remember hearing Danny share the story of his wife’s battle through cancer and their
inability to pay their medical bills, the miracles God provided, the eventual loss of his wife to a heart attack at 30 years old, helping his two young kids process through that, writing a book, and eventually meeting Rayna who he would marry and raise kids together with. As a 12-year old kid I had very little concept of what that battle must have looked like; but I could certainly sympathize with anyone who lost their spouse and was put in a position of raising kids by themselves.
He had shared that story before playing the songs Fight For Me and another song that
inspired his book by the same title, Mommy Paints the Sky. I remember thinking about how powerful that imagery was. Now every time I come across that story, I not only think of Danny, but all those who God has fought for, including me.
Another similar story from the Bible that I absolutely love comes from 2 Kings 6:15-17-
“When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold an
army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, ‘Alas, my
master! What shall we do?’ He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more
than those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
In both of these Biblical stories these men find themselves against impossible odds and
facing certain death; yet both of them are delivered when God fights for them. In both cases the men prayed and waited for the hand of the Lord to deliver them.
What are you facing right now that seems bigger than you can handle? Is there a situation at your job that you’re not sure how to handle? Maybe there is a medical bill that seems insurmountable. Or maybe you’re marriage seems to be on it’s last leg and you’re not sure you can hang on. Pray and let God fight for you.
It would be easy to leave it there but the reality of both of these stories and many more like them in Scripture is that the people had to be obedient to see the Lord’s deliverance. Had Moses stood at the edge of the Red Sea and not walked through it, he’d have still been in trouble. Had Elisha blinded the men and not led them where the Lord directed, he could’ve been in world of hurt. But each of these men stood still, prayed, waited on the Lord’s direction, and then moved where God led.
If you’ve ever listened to me preach it’s likely that you’ve heard me talk about the revealed will of God in His Word. I reference this often because many of my pastoral counseling appointments have to do with helping people sort through what God wants them to do in a given situation. Oftentimes the issue is pretty clear in Scripture. If it’s not, I’ll share a passage from Deuteronomy 29:29- “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Read the Word, learn the Word, memorize the Word, internalize the Word, and apply the
Word. When you read stories like this you can be continually filled with courage, trust, joy, and assurance to walk faithfully even in the midst of uncertainty. So no matter what you’re going through, good or bad, continually remind yourself of the faithfulness of God by reading His Word and letting him fight for you.