Do Not Be Faint-Hearted
Deuteronomy 20:3, 4 – “Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – No matter what kind of foe we face, we need not be afraid because God goes with us to fight for us.
My Advice – Be confident. You are a child of God and He will always be with you. You may face much opposition, but He who is in you is greater than any opposition you will ever face.
Numbers 13:30 – Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The people were looking at the obstacles and were fearful, discouraged and without hope. Caleb remembered what God had promised and where God was leading them and saw beyond the obstacles, because He believed God’s word was greater than the obstacles.
My Advice – Waiting is good when we do not know what God’s will is. But once we know what it is and that the time is right, we should follow His direction. Do this even when it looks risky or too hard. Do not be discouraged. Take possession. You can certainly do it if it is the Lord who is directing you.
Stand Firm & Be Still
Exodus 14:13, 14 – Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – You need only be still. Usually we either flee in fear, or plunge headlong and recklessly into danger. As a result, instead of never seeing the “Egyptians” again, we fail to see the deliverance that God intended.
My Advice – You will face many “Egyptians’ in life’s journey. You need neither face them down alone, nor will you need to flee from their face. Stand firm in the Lord and see how magnificently He delivers you. Once He delivers, you will never see them again. There may be others to take their place, but the God who delivers once, is more than able to deliver time and again.