While the Israelites were still in the desert and going towards Canaan (the promised land), Moses sent twelve spies to Canaan to find out about it. When the twelve spies returned, they reported that the land had abundant food supplies; however, the people who lived there were big and stronger than them. Ten of the twelve spies were terrified of the people who lived there and convinced the rest of the Israelites that there was no way that they could defeat the people in the land. The people then started grumbling and complaining to Moses because they were all fearful. Even though God promised them that He would go before them to the promised land, they refused to go. God got very angry at them that He told Moses that none of the people who refused to enter the promised land would enter the promised land, and they would all die in the desert. Only their children would be able to enter the land of Canaan.
Many Israelites did not enter the promised land because of fear. They were so blinded by their fear that they had forgotten how big their God was. They had forgotten that their God was the one who split the Red Sea so that they could cross. They had forgotten that God was the one who delivered them from slavery in Egypt and destroyed thousands of the Egyptian armies. Of all the people on the face of the earth, the Israelites should have been the most confident people because God was on their side all the time. However, they forgot all the greatness of God because they let fear control their hearts and minds. Fear paralyzed them and snuffed out every confidence that they had in God.
God does not want us to live in fear, but He wants us to live in confidence in Him. When we are fearful and face an impossible situation, we need to surrender our fears to God and trust God completely. As we trust the Lord and put our confidence in Him alone, we will see His deliverance in our lives. Fear is our natural response to something that threatens our comfort, security, and life. However, we should turn our fear to God and trust Him with our life.
Ask yourself these questions: Is there anything that I am fearful of today? What does God want me to do when I am fearful?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you that you are the God of my life. As you remind me today that I should not walk in fear, please help me turn my fears into confidence in you, knowing that you are always for me and not against me. Please help me to trust you completely. Please help me now with (mention your prayer requests). In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.