Reading: Deuteronomy 1-2 (ESV)
Devotional Thought: Deuteronomy 1: 21, 29, 30
21 See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Do not fear, yet fear can rush in to our lives so easily, so quickly. Do not fear for the Lord has gone before us in battle (29, 30 paraphrased). Still though, we relent to our fears. Why? Is it a lack of trust? Is it simply mind over matter? Could it have something to do with our view of God? As though somehow God isn’t really mighty enough to provide for us and to protect us as he says. I think we’ve reduced God so much in our culture; all for the sake of keeping him safe and palatable to our taste. That when disaster strikes and fear rushes in, our God is no longer capable to provide for us–at least this is what we’ve fooled ourselves in to thinking. The fact of the matter is, God is, and has always been mighty enough to save. He has always been and remains capable to providing for us, his people. Let us not forget that when God speaks, creation listens. God, through Jesus has conquered death. Therefore this thing called fear ought to be no match for him. Give him your fears. Allow God to reveal himself to you as he walks with you through them. Fear is a part of life, why not take your fears to the author of all life and allow him to help you replace your fear with trust and obedience.