“And I said unto you, ‘I am the LORD your God; FEAR NOT the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell’: but ye have not obeyed my voice.” ~ Judges 6:10
FEAR NOT: Our God is (infinitely) Bigger
God had instructed the Hebrews not to be afraid of the gods of the Amorites. This instruction challenged the Hebrews: to obey God meant that they must respect His Word over that of the Amorites. In effect, they were being challenged to decide which god was greater. Should they listen to Jehovah? Or, should they listen to the Amorites and their gods?
We face the same challenge in our lives everyday: If our God, Jehovah, is our Healer, why do we fear illness/disease? If Jehovah is our provider, why do we fear poverty? If Jehovah is our shield, why do we fear our enemies?
Is there an illness/disease that God cannot cure? Will God run out of supplies to take care of us? Is there an enemy too big for God to defeat?
Like the Hebrews, our ongoing problem is that we doubt God’s love for us and we mistake battles for defeats: Our courage melts away in the heat of the battle: we forget the victory is already won.
The Hebrews had won great battles, God had given them the land. But, instead of growing in faithfulness, they grew in fearfulness. So eventually they thought the very enemies that Jehovah had defeated for them somehow had a greater god than their God, Jehovah.
Whatever trial is facing you now, remember how far God has carried you: remember how many battles you have won, by His enabling power: by His grace. Let us not shrink back in the heat of the battle. If Jehovah IS God, then there is nothing that can defeat you. Yes, trials will come, and battles must be fought. But FEAR NOT your God is Victorious, live in His victory. Amen!
“But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” ~ Hebrews 10:39
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.