#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
The LORD said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”
I truly believe that God is a personal God and speaks to us at often very specific times and in a variety of ways. The Bible offers us direction, the godly people He brings in to our lives can offer Godly wisdom and instruction, difficulties can grab our attention and teach us His will…and let’s not forget the impressions given by our teacher, the Holy Spirit!
I haven’t quite experienced the “Old Testament type” of God interactions such as the one mentioned in this scripture, but some do. I often wish that God’s will in the decisions that I make from day to day could involve a quick text or phone call, that would offer me unmistakable clarity. If it were only that simple….
The offering of clear direction that God gives to Moses here is what I am talking about! God commands Moses to face “him”…Og the king of the Bashan who was said to be gigantic in stature with numerous forces behind him. I would have ran the opposite way of the army camps with this order to kill BUT not only did God give Moses clear direction, He also told him that he would be victorious… and instructed him on HOW to do it!
Moses is one of the “blessed” and perhaps few, to have received such a clear message from God that included all of the necessary elements to fully trust God’s command for him. The Bible is full of accounts of men and women of God who were called to great and mighty tasks. If you look closely however, not all commands were given with such detail that gave 100% assurance of victory and/or ease as they walked through their tasks. It is the same for us. We could probably all share of times when we felt God’s calling to step out and be involved in His plan, without necessarily having received the full execution and outcome.
What the above verse says to me is that even though we may not have the full picture given to us when God asks us to do something, we can still trust that God knows the outcome, has His good and righteous will at the heart of all He asks us to do AND promises to be with us. When He asks me to head in one direction or the other and says to FEAR NOT…. I will trust that he knows the full picture whether He chooses to fill me in on the details or not.
Aimée Radmore is a Household Management Specialist who lives in LaSalle, Ontario. She chooses the same flavour of ice cream every time she visits an ice cream parlour.