When the Israelites—who had witnessed ten great plagues God had wrought in Egypt—were boxed in between the Egyptian army who pursued them and the Red Sea, they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness’” (Ex. 14:11, 12). The reply from their God-approved leader was, “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” (Ex. 14:13, 14). God’s deliverance through the Red Sea is one of many occasions in the Scriptures where God gives His people victory if they will but stand their ground. Too often His people failed to receive His wonderful gifts because they fled instead of faithfully standing by His side.
Nehemiah prepared those who were rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem to stand their ground when the enemies of God attacked; he positioned armed men with their families at low points in the wall (Neh. 4:13). As the God-approved leader in that day, his words are similar to what Moses had said centuries earlier. He encouraged God’s people, saying, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” Nehemiah then reminded them of the key for their success if they would stand and fight, “Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us” (Neh. 4:20).
God’s people are not successful because they are so strong in their own abilities; they are strong because their God fights for them. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). Consider the inspired words of the apostle Paul regarding our need to trust in the Lord for strength and victory today in the Christian age:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-16.)
Let us stand our ground on the word of God and trust in the power of our God to fight for us!
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