We all have been there, where someone says something untrue or does something unjust. Our immediate response is to get emotionally wound and defend ourselves. I know for me I have always been quick to defend and fight for myself when someone had it “all wrong.”
A few years ago when God started to do a deeper, new thing in my heart it was pride that He came after. During that time, He showed me that one of the manifestations of pride is defending yourself and told me that He will fight my battles.
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” –Exodus 14:14
God had made it clear that I was to leave my family, leave all that is familiar and trust Him. Many people said different things and many were not on board. Everything in me wanted to defend myself and God’s promises. So He quieted my soul.
God continued to give me overwhelming peace that I had never known. He’s opened doors that I could never open. It’s His protection over me that’s supernatural. I’ve watched Him defend me, lift me up and honor me all while keeping silent. I could be here all day sharing story after story of the result of humbling myself and trusting His ways over mine.
I know, this is not an easy task. Yes, I’ve had to bite my tongue many times and don’t always succeed. But the more we surrender to Christ, the more we keep our hearts free of pride and the less we care about what people think, the easier it becomes.
When we stay humble we are able to learn and repent when there are accusations or injustices. Pride tells us they’re wrong and fight back. Humility tells us let go and how can I grow from this?
“Lord, please forgive me for pride. Show me you as my defender. Fight my battles and give me peace. If there is any part of me that’s at fault, show me that I may repent and have a clean heart. Amen.”