"The Lord your God will fight for you......just stay calm."
This verse had jumped out at me in the questions I pondered. And then my intuitive daughter Bethany and her family gave us a wall hanging for Christmas that resonated another translation of it.
Thus began God's persistence in bringing His Words to my attention. Over the past four months that verse has popped up often ~ I' m thinking at least 9 times counting the one from this week that has me putting pen to paper.
God is making a point, and as much as I don't always like the message I need to embrace it. Just be still.... you need only be still......and let me fight for you.
This is difficult for me....being still. When I was sofa bound I had no choice but to be still in a broken body. When I was set free, I vowed to never be on the sofa again, so it can be emotionally challenging for me to be still and let go. Echoes of the past make it hard. And speaking of echoes of the past, the "be still"l takes me back to the six year old little girl who fought against the abuse to her body. I would resist, striving to get away, but eventually the strength and size of the abuser would overpower me. It left an imprint on my brain. When I could no longer resist, I was still, and bad things happened.
In my mind I know these are lies now, and Sozo has released me from most of the trauma surrounding these seasons of my life. I know that I don't have to always be the fighter, the resistor, the striver. I know I am safe now, but at times the old way of survival rises from the grave. And sometimes my urge to fight my own battles gets in the way of what God is doing. Just saying............
In the past, when God has sent me the same verses over and over again from different sources, he wants my attention. I confess many of those times were connected to God trying to tell me to rest in him....be quiet in Him.....be still in Him. It is what I now describe as "absolute surrender"......words came to me from God as I meditated with Him this morning. Absolute surrender requires absolute trust.
Can you relate? We hear all the time we are to fight to win the race....even Paul tells us that in the battle. But in truth we cannot do this alone. I'm sure God is not done showing me what he wants me to grasp from this subject, but today I am holding on to the comforting words that HE is my defender and I can trust Him. I can lean back in His arms as the "little girl" and be safe. I can lean back into His arms as an adult and trust Him to fight for me. I don't need to always be fighting my way out of disease or distress. God wants me to let go of the old way of living and trust Him. He wants us all to trust Him with our past, our present, our future. We look to Him alone.
When we trust God, when we believe His promises, when we understand Jesus as our healer, protector, provider, friend, warrior......then we can let Him fight for us and be at rest about it. It is not that we stop doing our part, but we learn to stop striving alone, and walk forward from a place of knowing we have the victory through Jesus! We give Him absolute surrender knowing that He fights our battles and that no one can stop the Lord almighty!