”And Joshua said unto them, ‘FEAR NOT, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.'” ~ Joshua 10:25
FEAR NOT: We Tested so we can Testify
Throughout his life, Joshua had experienced God’s constant faithfulness: Joshua knew there was nothing to fear when walking in the will of The LORD. Joshua was, therefore, now able to confidently tell the people to FEAR NOT.
Similarly, as we experience God’s faithfulness in our own lives, it is right for us to pass this on to others: to declare unto all the tender mercies of God: to make known His faithfulness and love.
When we have experienced it ourselves, we can say with authority that God WILL walk with us through the fire and the flood (Isaiah 43:1-3). We can confidently testify of God’s faithfulness on the battlefield, when we have been in the battle ourselves. We can proclaim God’s faithfulness in the storms of life, when we have been through those storms leaning on Him.
Faith must be authenticated by trials: faith must be tested: faith must be validated.
If the people asked Joshua “How do you know God will be with us?” Joshua could answer: “Because God was with me: God sustained me in the battle. He lifted me up when I was weak. He led the way. He made my steps sure. I know God is faithful because even when I failed, God did not fail.”
If we have experienced God’s faithfulness in our lives, let us tell others. Let us spread the news that God is faithful: Let us, like Joshua, publicly declare to our brothers and sisters in Christ: FEAR NOT, God will fight for His people!
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.