Right now as America is in the middle of protests, riots, looting, and vandalism across our land, a new fear has reared its ugly head. With COVID 19, it was fear of the unknown, but with the onslaught of these violent public disturbances the fear has become much more personal in nature. That’s why these verses in Isaiah are so important for us today. We don’t need to dread, or be fearful of harm or danger because our God is not only our kinsman redeemer but also our avenger. He is always with us even when we go through fire and water, bringing us to a place of abundance. (Psalm 66:12) That’s because we are His treasured possession, (Deuteronomy 7:6) and He will fight for us; we need only to be still.(Exodus 14:14)
Very rarely will God take us completely out of the trial or battle we’re in…but why? Wouldn’t a loving Heavenly Father want to deliver His children from all the ugliness – the disease, sickness, and death – of the world? Yet so often we will find ourselves in the thick of a trial or battle and wonder why is God allowing this? There’s a couple of reasons God has positioned us there. I Samuel 12:16 says, “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes.” In many places in the Bible, including this verse, God promises He will fight the battle for us. (Exodus 14:14, Deuteronomy 1:30, Nehemiah 4:20, I Samuel 17:47) But He doesn’t want us to watch from the sidelines…He will take us into the middle of the battle, to stand still, and watch. For it’s only from this unique vantage point that we’ll be able to experience and then understand what He’s doing.
Psalm 40:1 says, “I wait patently for the Lord.” Exodus 14:14 tells us, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” In these verses in Lamentations the author, Jeremiah, wants to stress not only the need to wait patiently for the Lord in confident hopefulness…but to wait quietly, marked by little activity to attempt to fix things on our part. (In other words, not trying to “help God.”) To do both simultaneously and to do them well is a real test of our trust in Him.