Friday, March 19
Scripture: Deuteronomy 1-2, Matthew 19
Deuteronomy 1:28–32 “Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear…”
29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God…
The Israelites sent spies into the Promised Land, and 10 of the 12 came back with a negative report that spawned fear in the hearts of the people. “Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear.” They were afraid to take the land and were grumbling about going back to Egypt…to slavery! Crazy!
Moses begged them not to be afraid but to trust the Lord. They had lots of experience seeing God care for, protect and provide for them. Why would He stop now? “You saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way.” (I love that image! I can still picture carrying my small children when they were tired, or when they’d fallen asleep.)
But Moses was unable to persuade them to trust the Lord and set aside their fear. They refused to go forward, and as a result they all missed out on the Promised Land.
Fear is a normal and understandable response to danger or uncertainty. There are things we should fear and take wise precautions. For example, I wear my seat belt in a car, and my helmet on my motorcycle, and I got the Covid vaccine. That’s not being led by fear; that’s just being smart.
But we can never let fear dominate our lives. When it does, we miss out as the Israelites did here. It keeps us from moving forward into God’s best. We need to face our fear, trust that God is with us and will carry us, and then move forward with confidence. Don’t live in fear!
What fears are you currently facing? I’m going to list mine (privately) and then pray over each one, giving it to the Lord and reaffirming my trust in Him. I encourage you to do the same.
Prayer: Lord, help me to trust You so deeply that I live wisely but always fear-free.