Just Be Still

Karen Bables

Read: Exodus 14:5-14

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. (v. 14 NIV)

Centuries ago, the Israelites were hemmed in between the sea and the approaching Egyptian chariots. They panicked! Then Moses said to them, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Later in their history, the Israelites no longer trusted the prophets whom God had sent to rule them; they wanted a king. Samuel, upset at their lack of faith, recounted how God had guided them and protected them in the past. To prove God’s power, Samuel advised, “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!” (1 Sam. 12:16 NIV). He called upon God to send thunder and rain. And it thundered and rained.

Who am I when my body fails me? I am a beloved child of God, who takes great delight in me, who calms me with his love, and rejoices over me with singing (Zeph. 3:17). I am someone who lives in the available and coming kingdom of God. I am safe (Heb. 12:28).

I don’t believe that God causes cancer or any other bad thing. And there is much I can do to manage this cancer. But God’s message to me is clear: be still; stand still. This disease is not just my fight. The outcome will reveal God’s love and God’s power. I will be the winner, no matter how or when it ends. —Karen Bables

Prayer: Lord, I name my fears and turn them over to you. They pale in comparison to your majesty.