Updated: Oct 26, 2021
Fear immobilizes us but faith requires action. We all know the Red Sea story in the bible. With the Red Sea in front of them, mountains on both sides of them, and Pharaoh’s army “coming after them,” the Israelites “were terrified” (Ex. 14:10). From the Israelites’ perspective, they had a very good reason to be afraid. Often times right before the big break through, the big answer or change takes place, the situation may look impossible. It is during that time that we must dig in deeper with obedience, praise and trust. NO, I don’t always feel like praising GOD which is why I’m grateful GOD is not moved by our emotions (our most shallow part). What helps me is that I allow praise to start intentionally and in my head first and allow it to travel to my heart. You have to set the
environment for it. You have to encourage yourself in the LORD. .
GOD IS BIGGER THAN THE OBJECT OF OUR FEAR.
The Israelites feared Pharaoh’s army (Ex. 14:13). Later, they feared the Canaanites (Deut. 7:18). For Jacob, the object of fear was an unknown future (Gen. 46:3). For Joshua, it was a God-sized task (Josh. 1). For Jesus’ disciples, it was a storm (Mark 4:40). For Jairus, it was a parent’s worst fear—the loss of a child (Mark 5:36). In each of those situations, God proved Himself to be bigger than the object of fear.
GOD IS WORTHY OF OUR TRUST.
Fear can lead us to faithlessness or we might say fear is misplaced trust. Fear will cause us to trust our own resources or to put our trust in someone or something else other than God. Abram’s fear of the Egyptians caused him to trust in a scheme to lie about Sarai being his sister (Gen. 12:10-20). Gideon’s fear of the Midianites caused him to trust in his army (Judg. 7:2).
The antidote to fear is trust—the conviction that not only is God bigger than the object of our fear, He is trustworthy.
GOD CALLS US TO OBEDIENCE.
“Tell the Israelites to break camp,” God told Moses (Ex. 14:15). It was not time to stand still and cry out to God; rather, it was time to pull up their tent pegs and start moving toward the Red Sea.
When we’re afraid, our natural inclination is to remain huddled in camp. Fear paralyzes and immobilizes. But because we know the battle is the Lord’s (v. 14), we can put one foot in front of the other and take the step of obedience when God calls us to get up and go.
When has fear immobilized you and deterred you from acting in obedience to God? Maybe it’s time to break camp.