“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” -Exodus 14:14 (ESV)
We love to give advice. Whether it is asked of us or not, we do not mind at all sharing our opinions on what to do in a certain situation or when tackling a specific problem. It makes us feel clever and useful to know that we have a voice and are able to use it for the benefit of others. Of course there is nothing wrong in giving advice. A timely piece of counsel said with genuine humility and love can do wonders for its hearers and set them on the right path. However, sometimes we may condescendingly give advice to others because we do not have faith in them. Though they may know what they are doing, we may feel that they do not. Thus we compel ourselves to enlighten them so that they would fulfill our expectations; even at the expense of their irritation.
Often times we do the same thing with God. While we may declare with our mouths that we surrender our circumstances to the perfect wisdom and will of Christ, we may not do the same with our hearts. When we see that things are not going our way, we mistakenly take it as a sign that God is not doing His job and decide that it is up to us to pick up the pace. We then make our suggestions to God; arrogantly thinking that the Creator of the universe needs the aid of our fallible human wisdom. How quickly do we forget the faithfulness and love of God! He has promised us that when we call upon His name and submit our situations to Him, He will fight for us on our behalf; overcoming them so as to fulfill the wonderful plan He has in store for our lives. Trying to work through our situations on our own faulty understanding will only serve to hinder the realization of the work that Christ is doing for each and every one of us. But when we allow ourselves to truly trust in our Savior, giving our fears and apprehensions to Him, we can rest in calm and quiet peace knowing that we are in His hands and that He will always emerge victorious no matter the storms we may face.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.