Scripture Reading: Psalm 91:1-10
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 1:21
See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
I am amazed at the many verses in the Bible that talk about fear and being afraid. Over and over, the Bible challenges us not to allow fear to rule over us or become a stumbling block to adventures God has for us. We have been looking at Moses’ final address to the nation of Israel. As Moses concludes his journey on earth, Joshua is about to take over the leadership role. Moses knows that God has promised Israel victory over its enemies. Yet, he has witnessed how fear can paralyze people and keep them stuck in a rut! Moses, once again, challenges these people of God to not be afraid and not to be discouraged!
There are many reasons why people choose not to be real and transparent. Almost all these reasons reflect fears of some kind: Fear of looking weak; fear of failure; fear of looking foolish; fear of looking sinful and fear of losing influence! The Word of God speaks clearly and repeatedly: do not live with fear. We cannot help feeling the initial emotions of fear, but we don’t have to be hospitable and entertain our fears for days or weeks! We must resist fear with the promises of God’s Word. Drive out thoughts of fear with thoughts of victory in Jesus’ Name.
Our theme this month is: How to be Used of God. Humanly, it seems God would choose to use the powerful people in this world. The Bible paints an entirely different picture – God chooses the humble and weak to demonstrate His power in them. Let’s not run from our weaknesses – you’ll probably find God there!
Father, renew my mind so I can have a biblical perspective of myself and your ways of using me. I will be courageous when confronted with weaknesses. In Jesus’ Name, amen.