“And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan sware unto them and to their men, saying, FEAR NOT to serve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.” ~ Jeremiah 40:9
FEAR NOT: Be Obedient Instead
There is nothing to FEAR in obedience to God. But there is everything to FEAR in disobedience to God.
The Babylonians had already captured and taken into captivity many of their leaders, merchants and craftsmen. They left behind a small number of Judah’s populace to remain there as a vassal state. God, through Jeremiah, had instructed this remnant to serve the Babylonians: it was part of God’s plan.
However, though the Israelites, who remained in the land, had seen Jeremiah’s prophecies come true, rather than obey God, they assassinated the governor Gedaliah (a godly man), kidnapped Jeremiah and fled to Egypt. Because of their disobedience, God cut them off forever. There are real consequences to for our actions.
There was nothing for them to FEAR if they obeyed God: He would have protected them. But when they disobeyed God, they lost that protection.
Let us learn from their experience, when God rebukes us, it is wise for us to accept His rebuke with humility: let us not add more disobedience to that that already got us in trouble. There is nothing to FEAR when our Father, God, corrects/chastises/disciplines us. But trouble comes when we reject His correction/chastisement/discipline.
FEAR NOT, Believer, there is joy and peace in God’s discipline: let us humbly be corrected thereby.
“Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” ~ Lamentations 3:39-41
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.