The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still


Courage isn't always big. Sometimes it is small and quiet. Sometimes it is shaped like Daniel in the lion's den, but sometimes it looks more like David on his knees before his Father.

One of the most courageous things God calls us to do is to stop, to spend time with Him and to trust that He is fghting our battles while we wait.

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
— Psalm 27:14

What if waiting patiently for the Lord is courageous? There are of course times when God asks us to take a leap of faith, to step out and do something miles outside our comfort zone. But there are also times when He whispers to us to be still. In our world of busy-ness, stopping often feels like an admission of weakness. Stopping is counter-intuitive, counter-cultural. Yet so often in the Bible, God asks His people to do exactly that.

Moses answered the people, “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 fght for you; you need only to be still.
— Exodus 14: 13-14

Faced with Pharaoh's army stampeding from behind and the unsurpassable Red Sea in front, Moses' instruction to the Israelites was not to arm themselves and prepare for battle, but to watch and wait for the Lord.

Standing still in the midst of a battle is courageous almost to the point of foolishness. But not when it is the God of angel armies who fghts for you. Standing still is a declaration of faith, it says that I know just how big my God is, I know just how much He loves me and I know that He will bring me through.

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.
— Psalm 62:1

Faith that gives us the courage to stand still in the midst of the battle comes from knowing, like David, that our victory comes from God. So while there will be times when courage brings you face-to-face with Goliath, there will be times when it brings you quiet and still, face-to-face with your Father.


CourageTom Olyott