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“And Samuel said unto the people, FEAR NOT: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart” ~ 1 Samuel 12:20
FEAR NOT: Focus on your Future, NOT your Past
The people had sinned yet again. Now they had failed to put their trust in God, rather they wanted a king so that they could be like the pagan nations in their region. Aware of their sin they were worried God would punish them.
Yet God’s word to them through His servant Samuel, was FEAR NOT. Instead of focusing on the people’s sin. God focused on their future “…yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart”.
Paul echoes this sentiment in the letter to the Philippian church
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:13-14
The lesson to us is this: don’t dwell on the failure of the past. God doesn’t and neither should we. Rather, we must keep our focus on the righteousness of the future. Does, the past matter? Absolutely, it does. Errors of the past can have a long-lasting effect on our lives. BUT the future matters much more. God is concerned more about where we are going than where we are from. We can never UNDO the wrongs of yesterday, BUT we can get things right for tomorrow.
- FEAR NOT, God wants to help us get it right from now onwards.
- FEAR NOT, focus on God, He will guide us.
- FEAR NOT, God will wash our (confessed) sins away and lead us to a better day.
- FEAR NOT, let us hold on to our future and let go of our past.
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.