Grow • Devotion #2: No Reason to Fear

For the most part, I tend to be a very negative person. When things happen in life, the first thing I see in my mind is the worst possible scenario that will happen. I have been like this since I can remember being a child in elementary school, having anxiety about everything. I remember hating change, having to do new things, or go to new places. I lived in fear of the unknown. This is still a huge struggle I fight to this day. Within the past few years, God has transformed my heart, and it came down to realizing that I did not fully trust God in all things. Fear ruled my heart.

Reading about Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt has played a huge part in changing my attitude and trusting God. The Israelites had just witnessed God free them from their bondage in slavery when they came to the Red Sea with seemingly nowhere to go.  

Exodus 14:10-12 says, “When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’” 

Their mindset was:

 Leave us alone. 

 Leave us in our slavery. 

 It was better there than where we are now.

Growth can be difficult. We get comfortable even though life might be unpleasant. We do not want to step into the unknown. Attending a Growth Community and opening up to others seems scary. 

Do you ever feel this way? Would you rather be back in the past of your life when it was the “good old days?” Are you mad at God for leading you somewhere as it now seems to be falling apart? We say, “I thought you cared for me, God? Why am I here? What is happening? Where are you, God?”  

Exodus 14:13-14 adds, ”And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.’”

If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, you have no reason to fear. You can stand firm for you have seen the salvation of the Lord. There is no better place than where you are now, out of slavery to sin and in the hand of God. Stop the complaining, stop the bickering, stop defying leadership in your life, and start being silent and remembering that the Lord will fight for you. All of His promises are true. We have to live as though we believe that.

The Lord is walking with you. Not only that, He has placed believers around you that need you and can help you. Step into an unknown future with the God who knows and holds the future.

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