Two different options. Fight, or stand still.
Sometimes you have to fight for what you believe is right. And sometimes you have to stand still and see what God is going to do with a situation. But is one better than the other?
When you must make a choice, how do you know which is the best way to respond?
The young shepherd David faced down the giant Goliath, hit his mark and saved the day. But on the other hand, the Spirit of the Lord once told Jehosaphat , “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:17)
Sometimes either scenario could seem good. Sometimes we’re faced with situations where we could come out with swords drawn and banners held high knowing we’re in God’s will and accomplish something amazing that brings God glory and honor and praise. And sometimes we could just as easily take a deep breath, stand back, and let God do His thing. In His way and timing.
Seems God has different ways to deal with different situations. It’s not up to us. It’s up to Him.
And the only way we’ll know which way He wants us to go is to stand still and listen first. It’s always better to choose the stand still option when you don’t know what to do. If God says, “Choose 5 small stones and wind ‘er up”, then we’re in the right position for battle. And if He says, “Stay right where you are and watch Me work”, then it’s easier to just keep doing what we’re already doing.
I wish there was an easy test, a checklist for knowing what to do. But since there isn’t, we must rely on that still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, the One who will tell us what to do, the One who will direct our thoughts and our actions and our hearts.
If we listen first.
Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. Exodus 14:13
Fight the good fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:12
Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Psalm 25:4
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. Psalm 143:8