Do not Fear... Stand... See
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.