Reading Deuteronomy 1 – 3.
As I was reading this morning I noticed that the phrase “Fear not” or something similar was used at least four times.
Chapter 1 verse 21 says,
“Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.” (1:21)
Fear is a thing that greatly handicaps many of us. When we allow fear to have a hold in our lives it will rule, and cause us to live in defeat. That is not something that is needed by God’s people; neither is it necessary. When we consider all that Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross we have much to be bold, brave and courageous for and about.
Another one says,
“Then I said unto you, ‘Dread not, neither be afraid of them.'” (1:29)
The word “dread” above means to fear with trembling, affrighted, afraid, or terrified; and the other “fear” or “afraid” could be a form of reverence. Certainly we need neither fear of the enemy of God when we have God’s promise of victory. His victory.
Chapter 3 has two more verses with the phrase,
“And the LORD said unto me, ‘Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.'” (3:2)
Deuteronomy is a reminder to the children of Israel of God’s mighty power and acts for the forty years they have wandered in the wilderness (1:1-3). The Bible is not only a historical account of all that God has done for His people down through the history of mankind; but it is also a living word from God which gives life, encouragement, and strength for the journey through God’s Spirit. The person of Jesus Christ is the central being of the Scriptures.
When we know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior by believing He came, lived a sinless life, and died for our sins, was buried carrying our sins away, and rose bodily from the grave; then we can live in Him without fear. When there is fear in our heart it is a sign that we are not right with Him.
The final verse for today;
“Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God He shall fight for you.” (3:22)
We, as God’s people are assured that the battle is the LORD’s. How can we fear, when we have God with us. Moses was assuring Israel and her people that just as the LORD had led them through the wilderness, and fought the battles; then He would even do so in the Promised Land which they were about to enter.
Child of God neither fear, nor be afraid, nor dread what lies ahead. Trust the LORD.
Remember to read Deuteronomy 1 – 3.
-Tim A. Blankenship