Staying Still

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)

God’s ways are higher than our ways. When the world is telling us to take control, to ‘just do it’ , to fight for ourselves, God’s word is counter-cultural. He says, “Stop”. He says, ‘Be still”.
How do we stay still and let God fight for us?

Surrender - I think of surrender as a weary solider waving the white flag after all his resources have been used and all his energy expended, coming up from the trench hoping for mercy rather than attack.

Surrender is painful. It means letting go of our hopes, of our desire for victory over whatever it is we are battling. It means letting go of control. Laying down hope of things going our way. It means stepping into uncertainty.

Rather than being a last resort when we have come to the end of all other avenues, God’s desire is for us to run to him first. To surrender FIRST.

He desires that our battle plan begins in surrender, not ends there. It is from surrender to God, giving ourselves into the Father’s hands, who holds all things and works all things for our good, that we need to begin any battle.

Security - Surrender is easier the more secure we feel.

A toddler happily surrenders themselves to a loving parent in their distress because they know they are secure, well cared for and will be advocated for. Their problem is now their parent’s problem. They are in safe hands.

“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31)

What is the truth that frees us from our pain, anxiety and disillusionment at our circumstances? The Truth that we have a loving Father who is holding us, a Brother who is standing by the side of the Father, advocating and interceding on our behalf day and night, and a Companion in the Holy Spirit who empowers us in the now.

It is insecurity in our identities or our circumstances that rob our peace, that steal our joy and that stop us living in all the fullness Jesus won for us on the cross.

To stand and be fought for takes security. Being secure enough in who we know God to be, his character and his track record, means we can be still. Our racing minds and need for control can be quieted and we can let the battle rage without losing our peace and our joy.

Surroundings - What do your surroundings look like? Maybe you’re in the thick of the battle unable to see past the arrows and enemy in front of you. Actively engaged in it.
Or maybe you’re in a cold war, one that requires waiting, threat and fear.

Whatever position we’re fighting the battle from we need to make sure we have the right surroundings to keep us still.

The right people and perspective.

Who is around you? Who is standing with you, fighting for you when you are unable to fight for yourself? Who is holding your hands up, helping you claim the victory?
And what can you see? Where are you looking for perspective? In the midst of the battle comparison is a killer. It takes our eyes off our own fight and allows bitterness and envy to be birthed. Perspective comes from the cross. From Christ’s victory, what he did when he conquered sin and death and buried it forever.

Our eyes need to be fixed on him, not to the right or the left, looking at what others are doing.
Comparison is another distraction technique of the enemy that keeps our eyes off the battle, leaving us wide open to further attack.

The Lord will fight for us. We need only be still.
Surrender. Be secure. Surround ourselves with people who have known the victory for themselves and can lift our perspective to one of eternity and the goodness of our God.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
(Ephesians 6:12)

Emily Williams