“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today…the Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” – Exodus 14:13-14
It seems at the moment that hardly a day passes without there being something in the media which is designed to undermine biblical education, whether at school or at home. While the onslaught of negativity is tiring and sometimes frightening, we must remember the Word of God, which we are seeking to teach to our children (Deuteronomy 6:6), also teaches us that if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) Whatever we are facing, be it financial difficulty or government officials, we can know that God has promised us that he will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
There are two battles that stand out in reference to this passage in Exodus my response. The first is the battle of King Jehoshaphat against Moab, Ammon, & Mount Seir in 2 Chronicles 20, where God caused the different sides to war against each other. He told Jerusalem simply to praise Him, for the battle was not theirs to fight, but His! Again in 2 Chronicles 32 we read of King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah praying to God for deliverance from Assyria, and again, the army was defeated by His power alone. It is noticeable that in these two instances the situation seemed so terrible, and the odds insurmountable, that only God could bring deliverance.
In Jeremiah 17:5-8 we read that “cursed is the man who trusts in man” but “blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.” Echoing the Psalmist, these people are compared to trees along a riverbank, who do not fear and are not bothered when the heat comes. Nor are they anxious or worried when there is drought. Notice that there is still heat and drought to be faced, but they do not cease from being fruitful, because they have their roots in the Word of God. As we trust in the Lord, Who alone can fight our battles for us, let us trust that He can also make us to be fruitful.