Thursday, June 17, 2010
Fear of man or Faith in God?
You shall not be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.
Human beings intimidate each other. The bully will always exist as long as one kid is bigger than another. It is the nature of fallen people to hurt and to be hurt. This is true both of individuals and of larger groups of people. Any form of human violence has at its core this kind of pride. And it breeds fear.
Israel could easily be afraid of the task in front of them as they prepared to enter Canaan. God had not chosen them because they were militarily superior or because of their great strength in numbers. They were an insignificant people group on the world scene by God's own estimation (Deuteronomy 7:7). He was going to display His power and strength among them. That is why they did not need to fear what any of the people in the lands surrounding them could do to them. God was in their midst and on their side.
God is great and awesome and powerful. That was true for Israel at the cusp of the conquest. It is always true for those who know God and are His people. There really is nothing to fear when God is in our midst! The task may seem impossible and the opposition looks impressive. Neither of these stand against our great and awesome God. There is really nothing to be afraid of with God in our midst.
- Posted with my iPad. The Apple Kool-Aide tastes fine.