I love this verse in the AMPC translation! We can have hope today because God goes before us and fights all of our battles; when we cling to this truth, we are able – through the power of the Holy Spirit – to remain calm and at peace.
Of course, it’s important to consider this verse in its proper context, and so I highly encourage you to read the rest of Exodus 14 when you have the chance (I believe that the biblical context further emphasizes the point I am trying to make here, too). However, an important spiritual principle is evident here, and I believe that a valuable personal application – at least for me, anyway – can be found in the passage.
I like the words “hold your peace” in these verses. As I reflect on this short passage, peace seems to be described as something tangible – it can either be held onto, or given away. Either way, a choice seems to be involved.
Also, notice the order of the words here: “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall [emphasis added] hold your peace and remain at rest.” This does not sound like a suggestion to me! Rather, it reads like a strong conviction about the Lord’s character that is being affirmed by someone (in this case, Moses) whose dependence upon the Lord is well established. Similarly, when we rest in the knowledge that God Himself fights for us – when we get out of the way, that is – only then can we truly can “hold” [our] peace” and stay calm, regardless of the circumstances.
I don’t know about you, but I’m still working on this one. 😉