Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today…The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

In our fast-paced world, “being still” has become an art form. Cable news with 24-hour coverage doesn’t help. Neither does the instant access to updates via facebook, twitter, or the iPhone. Information bombards us all the time, whether we want it or not. My daughter, in an effort to protect the girlies, turns the TV off when the news comes on (a challenge for me when visiting, the news junkie). However, I understand. The violence, murder and mayhem, war, and politics that splash across the screen add an undercurrent of fear and instability to their world that they don’t need.

The enemy seeks ways to destroy us and seems to find our most vulnerable spots. Many years ago, when I was much younger and more na├»ve, I thought that with enough time, energy, and money, I could solve any problem. Wrong! We can’t do it by ourselves.

Our marching orders are to stand firm, rejecting the temptations of power, fame, money, or position. We must be patient and unafraid and watch with anticipation as He steps in and fights the battle. Sometimes it takes minutes. Sometimes it takes months or even years, but victory is assured. I encourage you to take time to be still in His presence. Watch and see what He will do.

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