Sometimes Fighting the Battle Means Standing Still

Sometimes doing the counterintuitive thing is what works best. In the final post in this mini-series on rest, I advise you to start standing still. Yep. Just hang tight and stand still. This week’s look at rest is about surrendering and resting on the promises of God.


You might wonder if I am crazy. I don’t understand the pressure you’re under. I can’t possibly know the wave of things that threaten to overwhelm you. You’re right. I don’t, but I do have advice. Don’t fight, or you’ll sink.

This is not about the tasks that need doing. This is about the battles that need fighting.

Perhaps you have a battle going on in your family or with your health. It could be that your marriage is in trouble. Maybe you have financial struggles. These battles require wisdom and prudence, and if you feel like they are too big for you to handle, they probably are.

This is not about the tasks that need doing. This is about the battles that need fighting.

Many times in the Bible, God gave explicit instructions for His people to be still and allow Him to fight the battle. He challenged them to rest in His grace. It sounds foolish to stand still and rest when trouble is brewing.

I know I have been guilty of thrashing and striving and flailing around, trying to solve my own problems. Sometimes, the harder I fought, the more out of control things became. God does know best. Trust Him and stand still.

While I can use wisdom in how I think, speak, and act, I can’t control the actions of others or the circumstances of the world. Once I got a handle on this truth, it made all the difference.

Let’s go to the Word.

Plant Your Feet

Standing your ground in the confidence that God will act on your behalf is the focus of these passages. To stand still in trust, without running ahead to fix things, rails against our human nature. Choosing this act of obedience protects us, allowing a glimpse of God’s might and glory.

Instructions like dwell, stand firm, take up your positions, stay gathered here, submit, and resist are purposeful calls to trust God to act. Each of these scriptures emphasizes staying put while placing expectant faith in Him.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart… -Psalm 91:1-4


Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. -Exodus 14:13


You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you. -2 Chronicles 20:17


All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. -1 Samuel 17:47


 Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. -James 4:7


God is for you. He always has your best interest at the center of His heart. When we stand still and wait for Him to act, we often accomplish more than we ever could by trying to do it on our own.

What a powerful example of faith it is when we trust and wait. When we stand still, we call attention to His glory and goodness. Your act of standing still may bless someone else in ways you can’t imagine.

The Art of Standing Still

While we rest, feet planted in faith, we can still act. We pray. We read the Word. We put on the Armor of God. Standing still doesn’t mean standing idle. We do our part while God does His. Have self-control, be alert, watch, wait, proclaim that God is for you.

Standing still doesn’t mean standing idle.

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. -1 Peter 5:8-9


Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. -Ephesians 6:11-13


But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. -Micah 7:7


What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  -Romans 8:31

Find the things that you will do while you are standing still and wait on God. Worship. Pray. Serve. He sees you and honors the fruit of your heart while you wait for Him.

He sees you and honors the fruit of your heart while you wait for Him. 

Take heart. God’s sovereignty and ability are not limited by the overwhelming circumstances of our lives. Grief, unrest, fear, and anger all must surrender and bow at His feet. In standing firm, allowing Him to fight our battles, we grow and are changed. May your victory be near.

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Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.

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