“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Oscar Wilde said, “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.”

And in many ways, this is true. When we are drowning in the pool or the sea, the most instinctive thing to do is to struggle. When babies do a do-do and need a change, they struggle while they are getting changed because it is uncomfortable. But we know that we cannot save someone who is struggling. In fact, we could get dragged down by that person. Similarly, it is next to impossible to change a struggling baby. So Jesus wants us to know that it is very difficult to save us from our situation if we keep struggling.

When Israel was at the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s armies were coming, they started complaining to Moses, wishing they were never delivered. But note how God responded to the people.

“And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” Exodus 14:15-16

It was as if God was saying, ‘Why are you sweating the small stuff? Have you not seen enough from me to know that I will deliver you right now?’

Indeed, Jesus wants us to know that a life with Him is a life filled with miracles. That is why, when Peter’s mother-in-law was healed by Jesus from fever, the disciples took it as all in a day’s work.

“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left. And she arose and served them.” Matthew 8:14-15

All we need to do to experience His deliverance is heed the call of Moses and be still.

“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. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”” Exodus 14:13-14

Beloved child of God, yes, The Lord your God, who is also your loving heavenly Father will fight for you. He has, He is and He always will be. For your Egyptians which you see today, no matter what form they take, be they people, finances, disease, you shall see again no more forever. And you shall hold your peace.

David wrote this psalm of comfort for us for precisely such a time as this.

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46

God is our refuge. And if the greatest power, bar none, is for us, who can be against us?

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-34

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

Indeed, even though it is against the very grain of our being, even though every sinew in our body cries out against it, we are to be still.

“Trust the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Know that God has promised,

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 3:16

So we can rest in His promise and trust in His protection.

Children never worry where their next meal is coming from. And as we grow up, we forget that we are still children, children of the Most High God. As children do, so let us hold firmly to the peace which our heavenly Father has given us and be still. Let God display His mighty hand of protection, provision and love in our lives.

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