”Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; FEAR NOT, neither be discouraged.” ~ Deuteronomy 1:21
FEAR NOT: There is a Way out of the Wilderness
After forty years wandering in the wilderness, the Hebrews were about to enter the Promised Land. And God, through Moses, encouraged them to FEAR NOT and to not be discouraged. Canaan had giants living there, and many of the main cities were fortified. From a human standpoint, it must have seemed quite daunting to attempt to conquer such a place.
Likewise, God has a plan for the life of every Believer (Ephesians 2:10). Part of that plan is for us to move from wandering in the wilderness of carnality and spiritual immaturity. God wants us to take hold of the life He has planned for us: He wants us to live life abundant: full of His grace and mercy; shining forth His Light to guide sinners safely to Him. But to do that we have to face and conquer the giants and tear down the fortresses in our lives.
We need to defeat the giant of laziness, the fortress of selfishness, the ogre of pornography, the metropolis of materialism, the goblin of gossip, the arena of anger, bastion of sexual immorality, the monster of compromise and more… so much more.
If we don’t, if we refuse to fight the giants that stand between us and the place, the person, God wants us to be then we will live in the “wilderness” for the rest of our lives.
But there is GOOD NEWS!!! We won’t have to fight the battle alone, We won’t have to rely in our own (feeble, and ineffectual) strength. God Himself will fight for us. When the Hebrews went into their first battle (against Jericho, Joshua 6). God Himself tore down the walls of Jericho. All they had to do was follow God’s instructions and shout praises to Him when they were told to.
Let us learn from them, let us be obedient to God as He leads us, and let us shout praises to His Name: let us honor Him with every aspect of our lives. He will tear down the strongholds in our lives when we do.
FEAR NOT God will fight for us, till the very end and through Him we will have the victory (Philippians 1:6) FEAR NOT!!!
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.