14 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
I believe that Exodus 14:14 is one of the most misunderstood verses in the bible.
So many people look at this verse as a demonstration of faith. We feel it is how we should respond if we want to have a breakthrough in our life. We think it is what we should do if we want God to do something big. We say, “If we wait on God He will bring something into our lives.”
Most people interpret this scripture as saying we should wait and let God fight the battle for us. We should, do nothing.
That approach may have it’s place in the life of a believer if there wasn’t a verse 15.
In verse 14 Moses tells the people to wait and be still and the Lord will fight the battle. In verse 15 He doesn’t tell them to be still. God speaks and says “be quit and move out.”
Have you ever said something and been corrected? God does this with Moses. Maybe even before he finishes his sentence. Yes, we all know that God is going to fight for them. That part was right. But it’s not going to be while they are standing on the shore of their opportunity. It’s in the water, in their obedience, in their movement that God fights for them.
Don’t mistake patience for being passive, or faith for laziness.It’s easy for us to think that we should stand still and do nothing when God wants us to shut up and move forward.
God doesn’t want us to do everything on our own. However, he wants us to realize that faith is not demonstrated by us sitting around and waiting for God to do everything. More often than not, God fights when we move.
For example,If you don’t have a job you are not living out your faith by just sitting around the house all day hoping that God will just make a job fall into your lap. Faith would be working on your resume. Getting out the door, going to interviews, and applying for jobs. God will fight for you while you are out looking for a job.
The same applies to relationships, jobs, parenting, marriage, servanthood, and on and on.
Faith isn’t passive. It’s active. Faith is knowing who God is and living accordingly.