“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14, NIV
I for one have heard it a million times. Whenever there’s chaos or confusion somewhere, whenever we’re not sure what to do or how we’re going to get through something, this seems to be one of those go-to verses that’s thrown out. I know I have taken comfort in it. I know it’s made me calm down and hand things over to God. And that’s so awesome and GOOD. But today, my mind is reeling after reading a different translation of this verse:
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” ESV
This post is going to be a bit more informal and candid than usual, so let me just start out by saying that I’ve been falling in love with the ESV recently, particularly for study. I started using it all the time on my phone because of the Beth Moore studies I’ve been doing (I’m always doing a Beth Moore study – that’s another candid tidbit about me – she’s mentored me and taught me so very very MUCH, and I love her dearly). Anyway, for the past few years she’s been using the ESV for most of her studies, so I am using it too. All that to say, I really needed to get a paper copy of it because my phone just wasn’t quite doing the job, and last week, my husband got me a beautiful ESV Bible for my birthday, and I’m in love.
Today I’m in Houston for a brief little getaway, and, candidly (as that seems to be the theme right now) I am dealing with a LOT of crap in my life (sorry for the language, but you know – it seems appropriate this time). So for the past couple of hours I’ve been searching the Word for hope and maybe kind of journal-wrestling with God a little bit, too (that’s how you wrestle-pray when you’re in a public place…when I’m at home it’s a tad bit noisier). As per usual, I decided that the healthiest thing for me to do is to find Scriptures to help center my mind and heart back on truth – and this one – this “you need only be still” naturally came up.
But I have this new Bible, see. And I wanted to underline the verse, see. And maybe make a note or two. But then I opened to this Scripture and I saw this new word: SILENT. Not still…SILENT. And I was taken aback. Because, you know, silent to me seems very VERY different than STILL. Some of my best fights have been fought sitting still in a chair. Why? Because my mouth can keep running while I’m sitting there. I didn’t know what to think when I saw this word silent because I had just spent about an hour talking to God and telling Him how desperate I am, and how much I need to see Him come through for me. And I thought to myself, wait a second – is He telling me to shut my mouth??…Read More