When Fear Overshadows Faith
Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 12,13; Psalm 90; Mark 2
Today’s Key Passage – Numbers 13:17-33
Moses sent twelve spies into Canaan to do a little reconnaissance of the land. He wanted to know what the land was like and what the people were like. Did they have a large army? Were their positions fortified? Moses wanted to gather as much information as possible before going in and taking over the land. When the spies returned, ten of the twelve spies had a negative report. While all twelve men agreed that the land was indeed the “land of milk and honey”, ten of them were afraid. They told stories about giant men who lived in the Promised Land who protected it from intruders. Caleb and Joshua were the only two of the twelve who believed they should proceed as God directed them and take over the land. These two men believed that with God’s help (which God had already promised to provide) they would be victorious. At the end of the day, ten of the men were gripped with fear, while two of the men had faith. Sadly, the majority opinion won out and the people decided not to go into the Promised Land. Because of this decision, the Israelites would spend the next 40 years wandering around the desert.
Sometimes we can let our fear overshadow our faith. It happened with the Israelites and it can happen to us. Sometimes we felt led by God to do things that seem a little scary to us. Maybe we are led to become a missionary or to become a pastor. Maybe we are led to start our own ministry. Maybe we are led to get married or to have kids. Maybe we are led to adopt or to give our next paycheck to someone in need. God often leads us to do things that might not make us exactly comfortable, and many times that is when fear comes in and starts to ruin everything. When we let fear overtake us, we run the risk of allowing this fear to overshadow our faith in God. If the Israelites had simply stood firm in their faith, they surely would have gone into the Promised Land and been victorious just as God said they would. Instead, they allowed fear to overshadow faith and spent the rest of their lives paying the price. When the first signs of fear arise, take immediate steps to put an end to it. Remind yourself of God’s faithfulness. Remind yourself of His love and the trust He deserves. Never allow a little fear to get in the way of doing great things for God.
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