Exodus 14:14

Saturday, February 20, 2016

I have a tattoo on the inside of my left wrist. You’re shocked, I know (my mom was too).

It’s fairly small - no more than 2 inches long and a 1/2 inch tall - and says “Exodus 14:14” in a very simple font.

Exodus 14:14 reads in the Bible: “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

As Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Pharaoh began to realize the gravity of what he’d done by releasing them, and ordered that his servants go out to retrieve them. The Israelites began to panic, and asked Moses why he’d led them out of Egypt, if only to lead them to death.

Moses’ response to their questions and, on a larger scale, to their lack of faith, was this: “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of which the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

Moments later, God parted the Red Sea, and the Israelites passed to safety.

I remember reading that passage for the first time and thinking that I needed to write it down somewhere that I’d see it everyday. I believe that it embodies everything we’ll ever need to know about faith: that the Lord is always fighting for us - even when we don’t know it, even when we don’t see it, and even when we are doing nothing.

Once again, Dostoevsky’s quote is so fitting: “behold clearly the miraculous power of the Lord, who has been all this time, loving and mysteriously guiding you.” For people of faith, I know that this message rings so true. How often do we look back on our lives in retrospect and see that Divine Providence was gently steering our direction all along? How often do we look back and think, “if only *blank* had not happened, I’d never have *blank*?

God fights for us. He doesn’t wait to be asked (although He wants nothing more) and He doesn’t pick or choose who to fight for. He goes to battle for each of us, all day long, every single day; battle for our happiness, battle for our hearts, battle for our souls.

So a year ago this month, I got this tattoo because I wanted to remember that. And I did not want it in a place that could be easily covered, or that no one else would see, or that I’d forget I even had it. I wanted it somewhere that I could look down at it all day long if necessary, to remember that God is faithful. I wanted to get questions about it - and rest assured, I get many.

But I’m always happy to answer them, because what an incredible message I get to spread: 

that the Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.

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