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July 22, 2019

What Happened to Resting?

Last week, my husband had a conversation with me about being still. His words were: "I think you need to sit still more often." Hilarious! As Monday rolled around I could feel myself running around in circles again. What happened to resting? I felt like I was fighting to accomplish everything on my to-do list without help. I wanted to make everyone happy: my bosses, my husband, my church, and myself. I carved out enough time Tuesday morning for a quick look at my Bible app and a short conversation with God. When I started praying, it was as if a well overflowed. I just wanted to talk to my heavenly Father and I forgot to check the small Bible verse that pops up on my iPhone. Later, God put it on my heart to read the Scripture posted for that day. The verse read: "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still" (Exodus 14:14). This small verse was an answer to my conversation with God. 

Looking at the context, I read that Moses spoke these words to the Israelites right before crossing the red sea. They were terrified because they were watching the Egyptian army marching after them. It is easy to clap at Moses' faith in the Lord, but sometimes in the midst of terrifying circumstances, we forget all of the miracles we have previously witnessed God perform. Instead of focusing on the hopeless situation, Moses focused on the Lord. Moses' response shows me that all the times he had watched God fight for the Israelites changed him. In verse 15, the Lord tells Moses and the people to move forward. Moses raised his staff to part the waters to create a path for the Israelites to walk through. The gap between verse 14 and 15 in our lives can be painful. Being still and giving an impossible situation to God seems contrary to our initial reaction, but it is necessary in order to be changed through our hopeless circumstances. 

I am always wrestling with what being still looks like when we have family, church ministry, school, and work. I now see that God wants us to surrender our day and let the Lord fight for us. As I read more about the Book of Exodus and more specifically chapter 14, I don't think this passage means sitting on a yoga mat for the entire day. Exodus 14:14, when applied, means we can live life and rest in the fact that God will fight for us.

Here's the principle for us today: Let life's battles change you for the better as you bring each battle to the Lord to fight. 

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Hannah Lynn

Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.

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That’s Real with Hannah Lynn gives a one-minute dose of encouragement and advice to young adults who want to love and live God’s Word. Her fast-paced mix of storytelling and Bible truth helps create understanding between young believers and anyone who wants to follow Jesus one day at a time.