DEALING WITH FEAR
After God brought ten plagues to Egypt, Pharoah allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt and go to the place that God promised them to have. God chose Moses to lead his people to the desert, and He led the people of Israel to an area between mountains and the sea to camp and rest. While they were there, Pharoah changed his heart and decided to pursue the Israelites to bring them back to Egypt to make them slaves again. Pharoah brought hundreds of chariots with him to subdue a defenseless one million people. When the people saw the chariots coming towards them, they panicked, and fear gripped their hearts. But Moses told them, "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 calm." God then directed Moses to lift up his staff and stretch out his hand over the sea to divide it, and so he did. The sea divided into two, and the Israelites started crossing, while God put the angel of God behind the people to protect them from the Egyptians (Exodus 14).
Fear has a good effect on us because it warns us of danger. We can avoid danger and make wise decisions to avoid threats around us. But fear can also have a negative effect on us, especially when it overwhelms and paralyzes us. God does not want us to be overwhelmed with fear when we go through challenges in our lives. He wants us to live in peace of mind so that we can make wise decisions. Moses conquered his fear when he put his trust in the Lord. He knew that the Egyptians were powerful than them, even though they were many. They did not have weapons to defend themselves, and they were trapped between the mountains and the sea. However, he had God who fought for them.
As believers of Jesus Christ, we have a God who fights for us. He knows every challenge that we face, and He wants us to stay calm and trust in Him. Moses did just that. As a result, he was able to lead the Israelites to safety. Let us not allow fear to control our minds, but let our faith in God control our minds. God is bigger than the problems that we face every day.
Ask yourself these questions: What does God want me to do when I am overwhelmed with fear? Do I believe that God fights for me? Do I believe that God is bigger than my problems?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you that you love me and fight for me. You are not a God who just sits on your throne, but you are a God who is active in my life. Please do not let fear overwhelm me today, and I trust you in every situation I have. In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.