“The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV
This verse is found when Moses is leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Pharaoh has realized that by letting them go he has lost of all his servants. He gets in his chariot, along with 600 of his best men and takes off after them. The Israelites start freaking out, asking Moses what has he done to them by taking them out of Egypt to die. Moses says stop panicking, God’s got this. Just be still and watch Him do His thing. His “thing” was parting the red sea:
“But the Israelites had walked through the sea on dry ground, with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left.” Exodus 14:29 CSB
Now that would be a sight to see! It woke the Israelites up to God’s power as they saw the “Egyptians dead on the seashore” (Exodus 14:30 CSB). They finally “feared the Lord and believed” (Exodus 14:31). What is it going to take for you to believe God will fight for you, just as He did the Israelites? Do you need to see the sea parted? Do you need to stand, surrounded by walls of water to believe God has your back? God can do it, He’s done it before, He’s made a way in the wilderness for those who trust Him, for those who walk with Him.
Or do you just need to stand still, be silent and wait? Even better, draw a circle.
Mark Batterson, in his book “Circle Maker” shares the story of Honi. Honi lived in Jerusalem during 1st century B.C. He was known as a man of prayer, the land was in a drought and the people were desperate. Honi had a reputation for praying for rain, the people were all counting on him. He stood up, drew a circle around him with his staff and declared:
“Lord of the universe, I swear before Your great name that I will not move from this circle until You have shown mercy upon Your children.”
Guess what? It started raining. Ever since I read the story of Honi, and the book, I’ve started drawing circles. I “drew” a circle around the house we live in by prayer walking around it before we purchased it, asking God to give it to us. When my mother was ill, a friend and I “drew” a circle around her house, praying and asking God to heal her. He did, He gave us 4 & ½ more years with her. I have circles drawn now around things I’m asking the Lord for, some were drawn years ago. I’m still waiting, still standing in the middle of them. When I have the chance, I reinforce them with another circle. I’m trusting the Lord to fight for me. I know He will because He’s done it before.
Stand still, draw a circle and wait. You won’t be disappointed.