The player on the bench couldn’t believe the ref’s call. In the universal gesture of “Are you kidding me?” he raised both arms and looked absolutely surprised.
After the game, his dad pulled him aside and told him, “Don’t show your frustration. If it’s worth fighting about, your coach will fight for you.”
That’s the same advice Moses gave to the Israelites. Just after they had finally been delivered from Egyptian slavery, they found themselves pinned between the advancing army and the Red Sea. As the people were complaining about their situation, Moses told them, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13,14).
We often think the world is pinning us down, leaving us with no options. We grumble and complain because we don’t see exactly how a tough situation is going to work out. It’s as if we forget that we worship a God who is able to part the sea—both literally and proverbially. We worship the God who promises that he will find a way to make the battle you are facing work for your good, for our good, or God’s glory.
Be still. He’ll fight for you.