How do we get to trust that God fights our battles for us?

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God will fight our battles means we do not have to anguish, be anxious, or be discouraged when bad things happen in our lives. When it seems a situation is hopeless or the matter at hand is too overwhelming, we may be tempted to doubt God.

But Christians must remember that no problem is beyond the scope of God’s sovereign care for His children. He has promised to take care of us (Philippians 4:19), make good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and love us beyond measure (Romans 8:37–39).

A man would go down the street, see a hole, and fall in. The next day the man walked down the street and saw the hole and fell in again. The third day the man partially changed his route but eventually still fell in the hole. The fourth day he altered his route a little but then looked back and fell in the stubborn hole. Finally when the man became tired of his failure, he decided to walk on the other side of the street. Enough was enough. He stopped thinking he could do it. Many of us still think we can.

When we keep trying to get different results by doing the same thing, others recognize it as insanity; we think we are persevering.

It’s helpful in our battles to remember God’s track record. He has proven himself in each of our lives. I need to remember what he did in my life because that’s the life I’m living. And while I can learn from the stories of others, it’s important to look back and see his faithfulness to me.

David went against Goliath, not because he was feeling particularly giant-strong one day, but he remembered God was with him—the very same God who gave him strength when he stood eye to eye with a bear—the same God who showed up when a lion crossed his path. David’s trust needed to be in the right place, in God. Once that was established he stepped out.

Exodus 14 records the Israelites’ crossing of the Red Sea. The Pharaoh in Egypt had decided to destroy the people of God after freeing them from bondage. The army chased the Hebrews to the shores of the Red Sea and pinned them there, ripe for annihilation.

In Exodus 14:13–14, “Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

When they crossed the Red Sea, the Hebrews were without anyone or anything else to trust. They were slaves, just freed, and hemmed in against the sea. They had no military, no weapons, no training.

They were on the verge of being destroyed. Moses pointed them in the right direction. He did not know how God would save them, only that He would.

The same is true for us, often. We find ourselves in challenging circumstances that are sometimes the consequences of our own doing and sometimes not. God wants to use those times to grow our faith in Him.

Romans 8:28 says, “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Notice that we aren’t promised extraction from the circumstances, but that God will create good.