FEAR: For the Glory of God

 

 

You remember Moses don’t you? Moses was the one born to an Israelite woman during a time when Pharaoh was killing all male Israelite babies. She put him in a basket and set him in the Nile River with his sister close by until the Pharaoh’s sister found him and took him home. Later Moses had a face-to-face with God through a burning bush that would not be consumed. God told Moses he would be His mouthpiece and lead His people out of the bondage of slavery in Egypt. Moses offered his excuses but God won in the end and Moses lead God’s people out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

Moses (age 80) was afraid to give God’s message to Pharaoh: demanding the release of God’s people to leave Egypt. God sent Aaron (age 83) to help him. Pharaoh was afraid the Israelites would overthrow his regime. The Israelites were afraid Pharaoh’s army would wipe them out or afraid they would die in the wilderness for lack of food and water.

We are a people who fear. We fear the unknown. We fear uncertainty. We fear rejection. We fear of losing the power we think we have. Even in this example of Moses, one of God’s greatest men, fear could be seen.

Fear was not unique to Moses. Time after time we find in scripture men and women who were afraid of what might happen but God brought them through in order for His will and purpose to be accomplished.

Why does God allow so many bad things to happen to His children?

Scripture tells us the reason. (Underlined verses are for emphasis)

Exodus 9: 13-16 “Tell him (Pharaoh) , “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me. If you don’t, I will send more plagues on you and your officials and your people. Then you will know that there is no one like Me in all the earth. … But I have spared you for a purpose—to show you My power and to spread My fame throughout the earth.

Note the underlined words “you will know there is no one like Me” and “for a purpose-to show My power” and “to spread My fame

Entering the Promised Land took courage for Joshua and the Israelites to follow the Lord’s command.

Why did God allow enemies in their way? 

Joshua 4: 23-24 For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over.  He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.

Note the reasons God did what He did: “so all the nations of the earth might know the Lord’s hand is powerful” and “so you might fear (reverence) the Lord your God forever”.

God allows hard times and struggles along life’s journey. Why?

Ephesians 2: 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

No matter what you are afraid of or what the Lord takes you through, if you are part of the family of God brought there by the blood of Jesus by His sacrifice on the cross for your sins and mine, God has a plan and purpose for your life. This purpose is to bring glory to God’s name by using you as part of His body the church.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ should settle all our fears. He has conquered sin and death for you.  Jesus takes all of our fears.  He is with us through it all.

Matthew 14: 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”

Ephesians 3: 9-11  I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning. God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.  This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

What should you do with our fears?

Matthew 10: 28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

2 Timothy 4: 5 “But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”

Dear Father, Give us courage to stand strong in the midst of our problems. Grow our faith in knowing You have a purpose to bring glory to Your Name. In Jesus Name, Amen.

To sum up our devotions this week, Zach Williams has a reminder in his song Fear is a Liar.  Listen hear:

Trust in the One who takes away your fears.

 

 

Sandra Hardage