Reasons not to fear

Let’s keep talking about fear and God with Moses, Aaron, and Myriam. In Numbers 12, Myriam and Aaron spoke against Moses and…

If I were Moses, I would have panicked, afraid of what was to happen. But Moses knew his God. He knew that God would never deal with him according to what people thought of Him. He knew that only God’s will would be done in his life. So he was meek. He was humble. Humility and meekness trust in God’s sovereignty and goodness. Fear does not.

 

If I were Aaron, I would have run to hide somewhere far from God, afraid of God’s anger. But Aaron asked Moses to pray for Myriam. He knew that God would listen. He knew the power of a mediator. When we understand what Christ has done for us, we run to God even if everything cries that we should fear, knowing that God always welcomes us.

If I were Myriam, I would have… I don’t know.  But I know how God felt. Angry, yes, but like a father. He didn’t judge her as a judge, a king, or a master, but as a Father. He basically told Moses, “Don’t be afraid. I am not rejecting her, I am just disciplining her as a Father would do. My love is not gone.”

So when we are tempted to let fear overcome us, just remember: God is sovereign over people and situations; in Christ, God is always with us and for us; God’s love and goodness will never end.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 28-39 ESV)

 

 

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