The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. | Exodus 14:14
Recently while on my afternoon walk, I was praying about some challenging circumstances that I have been encountering. As I was praying, I began to hear the Lord say, “Let Me take it from here!” I suddenly felt such a peace inside of me, and I was encouraged to hear Him speak so clearly and precisely to me (even as I had just been pouring out my heart to Him for answers). I am reminded of how it says in the book of Jeremiah, “Call upon Me, and I will show you great and mighty things that you do not know.”
There is a lot of shaking happening right now, and it can feel very unsettling. However, God is saying to us today, “What is happening in your individual lives, and even on a grander scale, has not taken Me by surprise. Let Me take it from here; simply enter into My rest, and allow Me to fight for you. Cease your striving, and trust in Me. As you do, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
The other day, My husband and I were praying about a situation that looked and felt very negative, and to be honest, this situation really took us by surprise. However, as we entered into a place of prayer, the Lord spoke to me, giving me a vivid picture in my mind’s eye (which I believe is an encouragement for others, as well). I saw a very large chessboard, and it looked like my opponent was winning. Then suddenly, without warning, the Lord strategically moved the pieces on the board, taking the enemy by surprise.
The Lord is declaring, “Checkmate!” I further heard him say, “What has looked like tremendous loss, I will turn to great gain! But I have a final move that I am going to use to take your enemy completely by surprise. This move will be a game changer; hold your peace, and allow Me to take it from here.”
Be encouraged, Beloved, and know that our God is working mightily behind the scenes of your life right now. He is going to bring good out of the challenges that you are currently facing.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).