Saturday, April 19, 2014

There is no reason to live in fear.

          Many years ago, the children of Israel were faced with a challenge.  They were ready to enter the Promised Land, the land of Canaan.  The problem was that it was inhabited by many powerful nations.  All over the land there were fortified cities.  This was the land God had promised to Abraham and his descendants.
After crossing the Jordan River, they came face to face with the city of Jericho.  It was a city surrounded by two great walls.  One wall, I read, was six feet thick and thirty feet high.  The inner wall was twelve feet thick.  The walls were so large, people built their houses on top of them.  Jericho was the first step Israel had to face in its conquest of the Promised Land.
From a human viewpoint, things did not look good.  How would they penetrate these walls?  How would the ensuing battle go? They weren’t warriors! They were slaves, nomads, shepherds, many things, but, not warriors. Joshua, their leader, had never commanded an army. I’m sure these Israelites were filled with fear.
Their fears must have increased even more when they heard about God’s plan of attack. God told the Israelites to march around the city once each day for six days.  On the seventh day they were to march around it seven times.  The priests were to blow their horns and the people were to shout.  Then, God said, the walls will fall down.
Put yourself in their shoes.  How foolish they must have looked to the people of Jericho!  How many doubts and fears must have filled their hearts.
Are God's promises to us any less spectacular?  Are they any easier to believe?  Are the foes we face any less threatening? Whether it is a terrorist’s attack or a bout with cancer, we must put our trust in God. God says that all things will work for the good of those who love him.  He says that all who believe in him will live and never die.  He says that he has given his angels charge over us to keep us from danger.  Are these promises any good? Certainly, God gave them to us.
It all comes down to faith.  The Israelites did what God told them to do and the walls of Jericho came crashing down.  (Read Joshua 6.)  As we grasp God's promises in faith, we too, will be the recipient of God's blessings and realize the fulfillment of his promises.
Trust in God, believing that our sins are forgiven, faith that we have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ, knowing with certainty that we shall rise from the grave and live with God in heaven for all eternity, they all rest on the promises of God. As you deal with the problems of life, put your faith in God, his Word and promises. You will not be disappointed.