“The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (Exodus 14:14)
“Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15b)
“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in his steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth; and while being reviled, he did not revile in return; while suffering, he uttered no threats, but kept entrusting himself to him who judges righteously.” (1 Peter 2:21-23)
I woke up one morning with these first two verses in my mind while trying to remember exactly where the passage from Peter was found. It was as if God tied all of these together for me in a nice little bow.
The Bible I have been using for the last year or more is the New American Standard. While I really like the translation it doesn’t have any notes or references in it. In one way that’s good because it forces me to remember things rather than rely on the references. This time I simply couldn’t find where the passage in Peter was located so I was forced to give in and use Google. I tell you no matter what you think about computers they are magnificent when it comes to locating passages in the Bible. Let’s move on to my point.
Most people have had moments when they find themselves in a situation where they think about taking matters into their own hands. Sometimes you might see a co-worker and think they shouldn’t be doing that or why aren’t they doing such and such. Other times you might think; why are they getting away with that? Sometimes it may even be someone accusing us of something we haven’t done. Then the temptation is to justify ourselves to them or prove them wrong. This is when God is telling us “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
God wants us to put our faith in him to take care of us but that usually takes longer than we want it to. This of course is part of God’s plan because this is the way he shapes us. After all it is through trouble and irritation that we learn obedience and patience. Without someone providing the agitation we could never learn these valuable lessons. From our perspective we’re thinking “Why is this happening?” From God’s view it’s “How else can I get you to learn to trust me?”
Jesus Christ endured the most intense suffering of anyone. Think about it for a minute. Jesus, the Son of God, quietly put his trust in the father when he had the authority and power to put a stop to his mistreatment any time he wanted. This is the ultimate example for us. Sometimes faith in God is simply trusting that he sees everything and believing he will right all wrongs one day. It may not happen as quickly as we want but it will happen!
Written by Louie