|A peaceful evening in Morrow County, Eastern Oregon.|
"The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." ~ Exodus 14:14
Hold your peace!
That's a phrase we use when we want to tell someone to "calm down", "get a hold of yourself"...or, simply, "HUSH!"
Surely there was a little bit of that connotation associated with the phrase in chapter 14 of Exodus. The Israelites had just left Egypt and had found out that Pharaoh was pursuing them. Instead of trusting God and his miracles thus far, they were freaking out and accusing Moses of leading them out into the wilderness to be murdered by Pharaoh's army.
However, there's another truth we can extract from these words.
"The LORD will fight for you"...
How does God's method of doing battle differ from ours?
"You shall hold your peace"...
"Hold" = retain, hold on to, don't let go of
How much more peaceful would our lives be if we let God handle those things that rile us up?
|The best of relationships will face frustrating times now and then!|
I've been training them to try to discuss the issue nicely once. If that doesn't get the desired result, they're to come to me and let me decide if they should let it go or if I should mediate and help them out. This makes for a much more peaceful atmosphere in our home.
I think this is what God desires to do with us. He is willing to mediate our disagreements---and to fight our battles---so we can hold on to our peace.
Since He is the Perfect One---and we are the messed up ones---wouldn't it make sense to let Him?
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