Not Fear

    Have you seen “The Wizard of Oz”? In one scene, Dorothy and
her three companions discover an old man behind a curtain manipulating
levers that control the appearance of “Oz”. When Dorothy asks the man
who he is, he replies “I am the great and powerful wizard of Oz”.

However, the man was neither great nor powerful. Our God, on the other
hand, can rightly be called great and powerful. Our Father is so great and
powerful that to those that are faithful to Him, there is nothing to fear.
From very early on, we have been told that if “… God be for us, who
can be against us
? (Romans 8:31)

The true Christian will face many battles both big and small in their life.
Whatever the fight may be, we are not to fear the results. Our loving
Father has reminded us time and time again about the strength provided
to us. The great patriarch Abram was once told by God “Fear not… I
am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward
(Genesis 15:1).

A person in Abram’s position would normally have a lot to fear. Abram
(later called Abraham) was very rich indeed and had much to lose (Genesis 13:1-6).
Even still, he trusted in his God and knew He would handle any difficulties that
came his way.

Hundreds of years later, Moses led the children of Israel out of Egyptian
bondage. The Israelites had seen God manifest His power in several ways
which ultimately moved the Egyptians to drive the Hebrews out of the land.
One would think that this display of power, in the form of plagues, would put
to rest any fears that Israel had. One would think that but it would not be true.

The children of Israel had to be reminded that God was on their side. They had
to be told that God was ensuring their safety as they fled Egypt. Moses had to
tell the people “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD,
which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to
 day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for
you, and ye shall hold your peace
” (Exodus 14:13-14).

Once again, our Father proved that there is no need to fear anything that man
can do. God’s people today also need to be reminded that in God there is nothing
 to fear. We need to be reminded because of our weak faith, because we are indeed
children to the Father. Jesus knew this fact and often encouraged His disciples not
to fear.

One thing Jesus said not to fear is lack of necessities. We can read Jesus’
encouragement in the book of Luke: “…seek ye the kingdom of God; and
all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not …for it is your Father’s
good pleasure to give you the kingdom
” (Luke 12:31-32).

God has told us over and over again that everything we need will be provided.
How He provides it we do not always know. Faithful Christians should be the
most fearless (yet not unwise) people on the earth. We should heed the words
of King David as he said “Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is
that shall tread down our enemie
s” (Psalm 108:13).

In Christ, Steve Preston

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