What's Your Focus?

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

-Exodus 14:14

 

How do you deal with your problems? 

Do you tend to dwell on them, focus in on how big they are, and stress out about how your going to solve them? Or, is your first response to look to the God of the universe who promises to fight your battle for you? If you’re at all like me, you probably worry about your problems a lot. Just last night, I lost sleep worrying about my own current situation. Funny thing is, I finally found rest when I quit focusing on my problems and asked God to fight for me. I needed to shift my focus. I needed to step back from the microscope I was looking at my problem through, and instead to look through the telescope at my infinitely capable God. Our verse teaches us to do just that.

In our verse, the people of God have their backs up against an impassable sea. They’re in a place that God actually directed them to go, a vulnerable place, a position only he could deliver them from. Soon, Pharoah gets wind of their tenuous location and decides to attack. And, when the world’s greatest army crests the horizon, “the people of Israel [lift] up their eyes… and they [fear] greatly.” In that moment their complete focus is on the enemy and all they can see is certain death. They forget the 10 miraculous plagues that God performed against this same enemy only a few days past. Instead, they say, “It would have been better to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert.” But, Moses responds in verses 13-14, “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.” God does exactly as Moses promises. He miraculously parts the sea, and the people walk across on dry land. But, when Pharoah and his army pursue them, God puts them into a panic, clogs their wheels, and sends the waters crashing back over them. God himself shifts the focus of his people. He removes completely their enemy, so they “never SEE [them] again.” Instead, they “SEE the deliverance” of the Lord.  

Let’s just change one word in verses 13-14 to see how applicable these verses are for us:

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will SEE the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The [enemies/problems/struggles] you SEE today you will never SEE again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Like the people of God then, the people of God today need to focus on him. We need to let him fight for us. He is the one who is able. We need simply to look to him to fulfill his promises and still our anxious hearts.

 


What things keep you up at night?

How can you ask God to step in and fight for you?

Do you think focusing on God instead of your problems would help still your anxious heart?

 

 


2 comments

  • Jennifer, thanks so much for your comment. Sorry to be so late in responding to you. I really appreciate your encouragement!

    I do feel like we so often miss out on what the Bible has to teach us about ourselves because we’re so busy judging the mistakes of God’s people. In reality, those mistakes are recorded for us to see ourselves in them (i.e. we make the same kinds of mistakes). And, when God is gracious, good, and patient with his people we can understand better his character towards us when we mess up and are faithless.
    - Natalie

    Natalie j Abbott
  • I just wanted to say that this article is absolutely amazing!!!! Thank you so much for writing and sharing this! I subscribe monthly and I just love everything about it! You always write amazing stuff but for some reason, this blog post really put this verse into perspective of exactly how to apply it into our everyday lives. Sometimes, “Be Still” is hard to interpret and lately, I have been praying God would help me to remember/recall the past times he has delivered me, saved me, answered my prayers, etc in times of fear and hopelessness, etc. I finally have been writing things down as He speaks and acts for record. I love how God’s word is provides us with a way to truly look at the big picture in whatever story we are reading. It must have been absolutely frightening for the Israelites, but they literally were told to go there by God, the same God who saved them from their enemies by performing 10 miraculous plagues. Its amazing to me how we look at characters in the Bible, and think what are you thinking, why would you not do this or why would you…fill in the blank? But oh how true it still is today as we cannot always see what God is doing, we forget so easily what He has done, Who He is, etc. I love the fill in the blank prayer you added. Thank you so much!!!

    Jennifer

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