Ever ask God for a sign? Jesus has something to say about that in today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 12. We’re back in Exodus, following the story of Moses for our first reading.
After the Passover, Pharaoh agreed to let the children of Israel go. Shortly after they left, though, he changed his mind and sent his army after them. The Israelites were terrified upon seeing Pharaoh’s army coming toward them. But God tells them that He will part the Red Sea and dispatch Pharaoh’s men. Moses says, “Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the LORD will win for you today.”
Stand your ground. Wise advice for us today, no? It seems that, as Christians, we have conceded so much ground to the world. It may be easy to think that we’re losing the battle – the battle for people’s souls. And for the time being, we may be losing. But fear not! Stand your ground! Because in the end, the battle belongs to the Lord. And we know that in the end, God wins.
Father, give the strength and courage to stand our ground, fully clad with the armor of God. We stand and fight, for the victory is yours. Amen.