One of my many favorites Bible passages reminds us to not fear that God will fight for me when I stand.
“But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.””
Exodus 14:13-14 NASB1995 emphasis mine
This great reminder from Moses has helped me through many situations. Today, as I was studying, God revealed, yet again another passage that reminds me to NOT FEAR, STAND FIRM, and SEE. Often, when God says something more than once, He’s trying to get our attention and it’s important. Spirit of the Lord spoke through the Levite Jahaziel after Jehoshaphat prayed:
“You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.””
2 Chronicles 20:17 NASB1995 emphasis mine
As I read these passages over and over again, I was reminded:
Do not fear
We all have fear of some sort, no matter who we are. If we say we don’t, we are not being truthful to ourselves or God. We may have fear of snakes, flying, bad things happening, loss, being alone, letting go or something else. Many talk about their fears where others deny they have them but ultimately we all fear something.
Interestingly, God’s word, in some way or another, tells us to “Do not fear” more than 365 times. Wow, God must really not want us to fear. Now, before I begin, it is important to note that there is healthy fear. Let’s not confuse healthy fear, that protects us and warns us, with the fear God is speaking of. In scripture, when God tells us to do not fear He is focusing on fears that keep us from trusting Him to be God.
In the case of Moses and even Jehoshaphat, the reminder is focused on trusting God. Every single day, I personally tell myself, probably more times than I can count:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 NASB1995
This passage helps me when I feel anxious, scared, nervous, or fear the unknown, just like the other passages, it reminds me God got this and provides a peace that passes all understanding. DO NOT FEAR.
This command or imperative, from God, tells us to get ready for what He’s about to do or already doing on our behalf. He's saying "station yourself, trust Me, believe Me with confidence." Exodus and 2 Chronicles implores us to STAND as Paul reiterated over and over again as well:
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
Ephesians 6:11, 13 NASB1995 emphasis mine
I could preach a whole sermon on stand, so I will save that for another day. ☺️ Stand denotes urgency. It tells us don’t move. When God is about to do something big we need to stand still and get ready for Him to do what only He can do.
Now, that He has told us not to fear and stand, God reminds us to LOOK OUT, you are about to SEE great things happen in your life. Watch me be God! We can live with expectation that God will deliver us from whatever it is that we are going through. He reminded the Israelites, through Moses, see the salvation of the Lord, today! Jehoshaphat saw an answer to his prayer when Jahaziel, told him to see the salvation of the Lord. It was happening TODAY so expect tomorrow to be completely delivered from the army. Do you SEE it?
As I Encourage you, I Encourage Myself to not fear, stand and see, as God does what only God can do.
Eternal God, our Father, I come today not fearing, standing on Your promises with a spirit of expectancy to see exceedingly abundantly more than I can imagine for Your glory. You are our deliverer. Like David, when I fear, I trust in You and You alone, putting on the whole armor standing firm that I will see all You are doing. In the mighty matchless name of Your Son Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Never forget, As I Encourage You, I Encourage Myself!
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